News letter 2019 Vol 2

2019-03-04 10:57
PRP: Platelet-Rich Panacea? No, but…

PRP is a widely spread biological therapy boasting consolidated results in scientific literature. As suggested by the acronym, it is platelet-rich plasma obtained from autologous blood (when donor and recipient coincide – editor’s note) through platelet concentration. The underlying rationale is to give patients their own molecules in order to foster balance in tissues damaged by traumas, such as muscle-tendon injuries, or by degenerative processes such as arthrosis.

Some people are questioning PRP usefulness since it has been used in similar ways for different illnesses but in Mazzucco’s opinion, this isn’t a good reason to discredit it. “This product was designed to be used in difficult, improbable cases such as extremely serious ulcers or pre-amputation ulcers in diabetes. Then, we started to ask for miracles from it but this is not a miraculous product. This product should be used as an adjuvant in clinical pathways. The problem with PRP is that it was deemed a panacea, but it isn’t”. – “I strongly believe in the use of PRP in different sectors. Our tissues contain cells which proved to have higher response to PRP than others but this is indeed a good product suitable for all uses”.

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