Sonographic findings during and after Platelet Rich Plasma injections in tendons

Abate, Michele and Verna, Sandra and Di Gregorio, Patrizia and Salini, Vincenzo and Schiavone, Cosima (2014) Sonographic findings during and after Platelet Rich Plasma injections in tendons. M.L.T.J. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 4 (1). pp. 29-34. ISSN 2240-4554

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Platelet rich plasma has been used in the treatment of tendinopathies, but the sonographic modifications of tendons have received less attention. In this paper we report the results of an ultrasound evaluation, performed during and after plasma injection, in patients with tendinopathy. The sonographic abnormalities and neovascularization were registered in twenty tendons. Three plasma injections (once a week) were performed, and a rehabilitation program was recommended. Pain and patients’ satisfaction were evaluated. During the injections plasma spread along the collagen fibers, and an intratendineous cleft produced by the injected volume was observed. At 12 months two tendons regained a normal echotexture, while neovessels were absent in seven. The remaining tendons showed less abnormalities and neovascularization in comparison with baseline. The clinical improvement was earlier and more consistent. The discrepancy between the ultrasound and clinical results may be explained by the peculiar modalities of tendon healing induced by plasma administration

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neovascularization, platelet rich plasma, tendinopathy, ultrasound
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.7 Malattie del sistema muscoloscheletrico
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 16:27
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 16:27

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