Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Unactivated Platelet Rich Plasma Proves Better

In a recently published study by Han et al published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS June 2009, American Volume), unactivated platelet rich plasma "stimulated chondrogenesis on Day 14 and osteogenesis on Days 28 and 56, whereas thrombin-activated platelet-rich plasma acted as an inhibitor of such events. In addition, inflammatory cells were detected in demineralized bone matrix samples that were mixed with thrombin-activated platelet-rich plasma. These cells were not present in matrix mixed with platelet-rich plasma alone." (See Full Abstract)

This data clearly supports the use of PRP that has NOT been activated by thrombin and/or calcium. This unactivated form of PRP has also proved useful for chronic tennis elbow. See References

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