Ingestion of bioactive collagen hydrolysates enhanced pressure ulcer healing in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study

Sci Rep. 2018 Jul 30;8(1):11403. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29831-7.


We conducted a double blind, multi-centric, placebo-controlled, randomized trial to compare the Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH) and Pressure Sore Status Tool (PSST) scores and wound area measurements at 16 weeks of subjects with pressure ulcers who were given standard care plus one of two types of collagen hydrolysate (CH-a), which contained low levels of prolylhydroxyproline (Pro-Hyp) and hydroxyprolylglycine (Hyp-Gly), and CH-b, which contained high levels of Pro-Hyp and Hyp-Gly) with the placebo group. A total of 120 subjects with stage II or III pressure ulcers were entered into the trial and 112 subjects completed the study. The subjects were randomized to receive CH-a (n = 39), CH-b (n = 39), or a placebo (n = 42) twice daily (10 g per day) for 16 weeks. The PUSH score, PSST score, and wound area of the CH-b group were significantly lower than the placebo group at week 16 (PUSH score, P < 0.001; PSST score, P < 0.01; wound area, P < 0.05). The PUSH score of the CH-a group was significantly lower than the placebo group at week 16 (P < 0.05). This study demonstrated that CH-b ingestion helps healing of pressure ulcers as an add-on to the standard therapy.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials / pharmacology
  • Biocompatible Materials / therapeutic use*
  • Collagen / administration & dosage*
  • Collagen / adverse effects
  • Collagen / pharmacology
  • Collagen / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrolysis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Placebos
  • Pressure Ulcer / drug therapy*
  • Pressure Ulcer / pathology*
  • Swine
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing* / drug effects


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Placebos
  • Collagen