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Cactus Spine Wounds: A Case Report and Short Review of the Literature

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Abstract: Introduction. Cactus plants are commonly seen in arid southwestern regions of the United States. Due to their ready availability, they have become a popular houseplant. The spines or glochidia can easily puncture the skin with only minor pressure (ie, bumping or touching the cactus). Removal of the offending spine is difficult, even with tweezers....

Effects of Hypericum perforatum on an Experimentally Induced Diabetic Wound in a Rat Model

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Abstract: Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the probable effects of Hypericum perforatum (HP) on wound healing in diabetic rats....

The Potential Role of Zinc Supplementation on Pressure Injury Healing in Older Adults: A Review of the Literature

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Abstract: Introduction. Compromised nutritional status is common among older adults (aged ≥ 65 years) and is a risk factor for pressure injuries (PIs), which may lead to poor clinical outcomes. The aim of this review was to determine whether or not poor PI healing in older adults is a result of suboptimal zinc status....

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Evaluating the Effect of 3% Papain Gel Application in Cutaneous Wound Healing in Mice

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Abstract: While the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of 3% papain gel in the United States, the authors feel this study adds to the literature regarding its use. Introduction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of 3% papain gel on wounds in mice....

Use of a Dehydrated Amniotic Membrane Allograft in the Treatment of Lower Extremity Wounds: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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Abstract: Injuries to the skin are extensively costly to the health care system. When caused by metabolic and vascular compromise, these injuries are even more foreboding for patients. They can result in chronic inflammation, reduced mobility, and chronic pain....

Using a Radial Diffusion Method to Investigate the Role of Plasmin Degradation of Fibrin in a Physical Model of an Early-phase Wound

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Abstract: Background. Fibrin clot formation, which acts to stabilize a wound following injury, is among the key early aspects of dermal wound healing. This preliminary matrix is eventually degraded via a process known as fibrinolysis and replaced with a collagen-rich matrix that continues to be remodeled to minimize scarring. Disruptions in these carefully coordinated events lead to certain undesirable conditions such as fibrosis and the formation of abnormal scars that are associated with excess amounts of collagen. The hypothesis proposed herein is that the presence of collagen (and potentially other molecules) in an early-phase model of healing alters fibrinolysis and that this effect can be attenuated with mediators of the process....

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Abstract: Actinomycosis is a chronic suppurative granulomatous infection most commonly involving the cervicofacial region. Clinical diagnosis is usually difficult, and fine-needle aspiration cytology or imaging studies are usually unhelpful in diagnosing actinomycosis. Definitive diagnosis is based on the histopathological examination of a tissue biopsy.

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