Platelet-rich plasma to treat ankle cartilage pathology - from translational potential to clinical evidence: a systematic review

Francesca Vannini, Berardo Di Matteo, Giuseppe Filardo

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Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a fascinating biological treatment showing promising results for the management of cartilage disorders. However, despite the step forwards in this research area and the increasing use of PRP in clinical practice, its use remains still controversial and especially its application as injective treatment for ankle cartilage pathology have been scarcely investigated. The aim of this paper is to describe the translational evidence for the use of PRP in cartilage treatment and to systematically review all the available evidence regarding the clinical application of PRP for ankle cartilage disorders, in order to understand what is the current state of the art for this specific clinical indication, underlining both limits and potential of this biological strategy. A systematic review of the clinical literature was performed on the use of PRP to treat ankle cartilage disorders and 7 papers were identified. PRP has been used in two different ways: 5 of the available papers focus on its use as an augmentation procedure to various surgical techniques for cartilage regeneration, while only two studies report its conservative application through intra-articular injections. Based on the limited number of clinical studies available on this topic, this systematic review showed the lack of major adverse events related to PRP and overall good results for the treatment of ankle cartilage pathology, thus confirming the translational potential of this biological treatment suggested by several preclinical studies. Further high quality clinical trials in the ankle are still needed to clarify proper indications and best applicative modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Experimental Orthopaedics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Ankle
  • Cartilage
  • Growth factors
  • Injections
  • Intra-articular
  • PRP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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