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Revista Médica del Uruguay

versión impresa ISSN 0303-3295versión On-line ISSN 1688-0390


ORELLANO, Pablo et al. Use of platelet rich plasma in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Report of the experience. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2021, vol.37, n.3, e201.  Epub 01-Sep-2021. ISSN 0303-3295.

Diabetic foot ulcers imply high expenditure for both patients and the health system. Vascular impairment, growth factor inhibition and cell migration, among other factors, affect the chronicity of the condition. Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) stimulate chemotaxis, neovascularization and tissue regeneration.


to evaluate effectiveness of a formulation of autologous platelet-rich plasma to complement the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer, assessing safety and adverse effects.


observational study. Platelet rich plasma was applied to six patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcer Wagner II, III, with an average delayed healing of 94 weeks. PRP gel was administered by puncture technique on the lesion, once a week until the ulcer healed or for 12 weeks. Diabetic foot ulcers were analysed in regards to surface area and progression through the Mobile Wound Analyzer (MOWA) software to analyse ulcer images. The area reduction percentage was calculated comparing the initial measurement and that of week 12. The improvement criteria was defined in a reduction that is >70% of the lesion.


men prevailed with an average age of 53 years ± 7.3. After 12 weeks of treatment an average reduction of 78% of the size of the ulcer was reported, two complete healings and two 99% healed. One patient required amputation because of uncontrolled infection.


the application of PRP improved tissue regeneration and shortened the duration of the ulcer, promoting healing with no adverse effects, and it likewise eliminated the need for procedures to handle chronic ulcers.

Palabras clave : Diabetic foot; Foot ulcer; Platelet-derived growth factor; Platelet-rich plasma..

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