Allogenic platelet gel in the treatment of pressure sores: A pilot study

Silvia Scevola, Giovanni Nicoletti, Federica Brenta, Paola Isernia, Marcello Maestri, Angela Faga

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Abstract

Although platelet gel is considered one of the most popular tools in the treatment of chronic ulcers, current consensus on its use is not unanimous. A prospective randomised trial was carried out at the Plastic Surgery Unit of the 'Salvatore Maugeri' Foundation Hospital of Pavia (Italy). The study involved 13 patients affected by spinal cord injury with 16 pressure sores over a period of 20 months. The ulcer was considered the experimental unit of the study irrespective of the number of ulcers per patient. Each consecutive ulcer was randomised to be treated either with allogenic platelet gel or with current best practice approach to chronic wounds dressing protocol. At the end of the treatment 15 ulcers out of 16 improved clinically. No statistically significant difference was demonstrated in volume reduction between the two groups, although a statistically significant difference could be demonstrated in the onset time of granulation tissue proliferation as in the wounds treated with platelet gel the healing process was triggered earlier. Our study suggests that platelet gel is mostly effective within the first 2 weeks of treatment while a prolonged treatment does not provide any significant advantage versus the current best practice approach to chronic wounds protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-190
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Chronic wound
  • Difficult-to-heal wound
  • Growth factors
  • Platelet gel
  • Pressure sores
  • Ulcer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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