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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 834

A clinical study of efficacy of autologous Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) in chronic non-healing ulcers

Department of Dermatology, SSIMS and RC, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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M Madhu
Department of Dermatology, S S Hospital, NH-4 Bypass Road, Davangere - 577 005, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijd.ijd_204_22

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Background: Chronic ulcers are defined as the breakdown of the epidermal and dermal tissue lasting for more than 6 weeks. There will be a lack of necessary growth factors in chronic non-healing ulcers. This study is aimed at accessing the efficacy of autologous platelet-rich fibrin in chronic non-healing ulcers. Aims and Objectives: To determine the efficacy of autologous platelet-rich fibrin in chronic non-healing ulcers and to compare the rate of healing in different ulcers based on aetiology. Methods: A hospital-based prospective study was conducted at the Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy, at a tertiary care centre in Central Karnataka with 50 cases of chronic non-healing ulcers over 2 years. In each case baseline data including age and gender was collected and thorough general physical, local, and systemic examinations were done with the help of a predesigned proforma. PRF dressing was done weekly for 4 weeks with ulcer volume measured each time and improvement accessed. Results: In this study, the mean age of the study population was 43.56 ± 14.06 years, with 84% males. Good improvement in the volume of the ulcer was seen in 6 patients out of 50, moderate improvement was seen in 20 out of 50 patients and mild in the rest of the 24 patients. Improvement was more in the educated sector, more so in females and patients with trauma as the cause of ulcers without any comorbidities. Leprosy followed by diabetes was the main cause of chronic non-healing ulcers. Conclusions: This study shows that autologous platelet-rich fibrin therapy provides faster wound healing in chronic non-healing ulcers with no adverse events.

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