Charles-Pierre Denonvilliers

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Charles-Pierre Denonvilliers

Charles-Pierre Denonvilliers (4 February 1808 – 5 July 1872) was a French surgeon who was a native of Paris.

In 1837 he received his medical doctorate, and later was a professor of surgery and anatomy in Paris.[1]

Denonvilliers was a pioneer of facial reconstructive surgery. In 1856 he independently performed the second Z-plasty operation for treatment of lower lid ectropion,[2] after Horner in 1837.[3] He is credited for providing the first description of the rectoprostatic fascia, which is sometimes called "Denonvilliers' fascia".[4] Also, another name for the puboprostatic ligament is "Denonvilliers' ligament".[5]

With Auguste Bérard (1802-1846) and Léon Athanase Gosselin (1815-1887), he was co-author of the three-volume Compendium de chirurgie pratique (1845-1861).[6]


  1. ^ Charles-Pierre Denonvilliers at Who Named It?
  2. ^ Ivy, R. H. (January 1971). "Who originated the Z-plasty? (Charles Pierre Denonvilliers)". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Hagerstown, MD. 47 (1): 67–72. doi:10.1097/00006534-197101000-00013. PMID 4924438. 
  3. ^ Borges, A. F. (July 1973). "The original Z-plasty". British Journal of Plastic Surgery. 26 (3): 237–246. doi:10.1016/0007-1226(73)90008-8. PMID 4580014. 
  4. ^ Denonvilliers' fascia at Who Named It?
  5. ^ Denonvilliers' ligament at Who Named It?
  6. ^ Bibliography @ Who Named It