A New Economic Method for Preparing Platelet-rich Plasma

Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 Jul 9;2(6):e162. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000109. eCollection 2014 Jun.


Background: Although platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is nowadays a common method in various medical fields, including cosmetic surgery or dermatology, the expensiveness of the kit for processing is still a hurdle.

Methods: A new unique economic method for preparing PRP was reported. The method consists in a simple modification of a disposable 5-mL syringe that allows insertion into a common centrifuge and positioning of the syringe on the centrifuge so the PRP separates next to the tip of the syringe. Platelet-derived growth factor BB in PRP was measured under anticoagulant dextrose solution A (ACD-A) or heparin as anticoagulant and with or without prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) as a platelet aggregation suppressant.

Results: The new method successfully created PRP with high platelet-derived growth factor BB in all conditions, and the highest value was obtained by using ACD-A and PGE1.

Conclusions: The new method is useful, and the use of ACD-A and PGE1 is the most recommended.