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The effects of tissue sealants, platelet gels, and growth factors on wound healing.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
4
Pages
245–250
Identifiers
PMID: 14515071
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The improved understanding of wound healing has resulted in the rapid expansion of tissue adhesives, platelet gels, and the use of growth factors. Tissue sealants have been used to close incisions, seal and secure skin flaps, as well as promote hemostasis. Platelet gels have multiple uses that take advantage of their inherent clot-forming ability as well as their potential to release growth factors. Recombinant platelet-derived growth factor has been studied extensively for the treatment of chronic dermal ulcers and shows promise in enhancing wound care. This article will address some recent advancements related to the expanding use of tissue sealants and growth factors to enhance wound healing within the head and neck area.

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