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Porcine Urinary Bladder Matrix Used to Treat Wounds

HAmericans spend more than $20 billion dollars a year on wound care, a figure that’s exacerbated by factors such as infections, repeated surgeries and extended hospital stays.

With that in mind, researchers are seeking innovative ways to enhance wound management. One such method is the porcine urinary bladder matrix.

Two recent studies have shown the effectiveness of porcine tissues in treating wounds in both humans and other animals.

One study, led by Dr. Alexia Lanteri Parcells at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services Division of Plastic Surgery, looked at five different patients who had sustained trauma that ranged from second degree burns to severe crushing injuries.

The research, published in the journal Wounds, concluded that UBM appeared to be a “valuable tool in management of complicated open wounds when reconstruction options are not available.”

The second study, conducted in Hong Kong and profiled in the journal Equine Veterinary Education, looked at the use of a porcine urinary bladder matrix to repair a defect in the eye of a thoroughbred racehorse.

“The cornea was surgically debrided with the horse under general anesthesia and the defect repaired with ACell multilayer wound matrix,” the authors write. “A temporary tarsorrhaphy was performed. The defect in the cornea was successfully repaired and the horse regained vision in the eye.”

We’ve written before about the use of porcine tissues in wound healing, as well as in cancer research and liver transplant studies.

Animal Biotech is proud to have played a role in this sort of work over the past 30 years. We’re dedicated to providing the biomedical community with high quality porcine tissues. Contact us today to learn how we can help you advance your research.