Iranian Researchers Produce Amniotic Membrane Dressing for Wound Healing

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 15:25

A dressing developed by a team of researchers from Royan Institute can actively help and speed up the healing process.

According to an ISCA report, common wound dressings usually just protect your cuts from the elements and from infection but the researchers inspired by the skin of developing embryos that can heal itself completely without forming scar tissues.

The amniotic membrane (AM) is the inner layer of the fetal membranes and consists of 3 different layers: the epithelium, basement membrane and stroma which further consist of three contiguous but distinct layers: the inner compact layer, middle fibroblast layer and the outermost spongy layer.

The AM has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic as well as anti-microbial properties. In fact, in this research, amniotic membrane has been placed on a sterile layer that led to the production of bio- wound dressing.

The amniotic membrane is colorless and transparent, so these dressings can be used in different sizes and for wide range of wounds. The researchers believe that their creation could be used not just to patch up skin injuries, but also to heal chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers, second-degree and third-degree burns, very effective as a weekly dressing on chronic wounds in Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients and traumatic wounds.

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