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History of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Dec 15, 2016
History of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

The application of PRP has been documented in many fields. First promoted by M. Ferrari in 1987 as an autologous transfusion component after an open heart operation to avoid homologous blood product transfusion. There are now over 5200 entries in the NCBI for PRP ranging in fields from orthopedics, sports medicine, dentistry, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, urology, wound healing, cosmetic, cardiothoracic and maxillofacial surgery.

The initial popularity of PRP grew from its promise as a safe and natural alternative to surgery. PRP advocates promoted the procedure as an organically based therapy that enabled healing through the use of one’s own natural growth factors. In recent years, scientific research and technology has provided a new perspective on platelets. Studies suggest that platelets contain an abundance of growth factors and cytokines that can affect inflammation, postoperative blood loss, infection, osteogenesis, wound, muscle tear and soft tissue healing. Research now shows that platelets also release many bioactive proteins responsible for attracting macrophages, mesenchymal stem cells and osteoblasts that enhance tissue regeneration and healing.

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