Application of autologous derived-platelet rich plasma gel in the treatment of chronic wound ulcer: diabetic foot ulcer

J Extra Corpor Technol. 2010 Mar;42(1):20-9.


The treatment of chronic wounds remains problematic, despite new insight into the cellular and molecular basis of wound healing. Although the aetio-pathogenesis of chronic wounds is said to be multi-factorial, it is evident from literature that effective and adequate wound debridement has produced the most consistent effect in chronic wound treatment. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that wound healing in chronic diabetic foot ulcers is growth factor dependent and that the therapeutic delivery of these growth factors to wounds topically, has the potential ability to accelerate wound healing in conjunction with conventional wound care. Autologous derived platelet concentrate is activated to release growth factors that are stored in the platelet granules. These secretory proteins include cytokines and growth factors such as transforming growth factor-beta, vascular endothelia growth factor, platelet derived growth factor, and so on. The enhancement of soft tissue healing by the application of autologous derived platelet rich plasma gel (APG) is supported by basic science and some clinical studies. This review article will attempt to provide a concise report of current concepts on the use of APG in treating chronic ulcers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetic Foot / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Platelet Transfusion / methods*
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma*


  • Gels