The efficacy of autologous platelet-rich gel and traditional Chinese medicine in diabetic foot treatment: a parallel randomized controlled clinical trial

Department of Endocrinology, Yueyang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No.269 Fengqiao Lake Road, Yueyang City, Hunan Province. Department of Endocrinology, Yueyang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No.269 Fengqiao Lake Road, Yueyang City, Hunan Province. Electronic address: drhedazhi@hotmail.com.

Annals of vascular surgery. 2022
Abstract
INTRODUCTION Diabetic Foot (DF) is a prevalent metabolic infection. DF wounds are the basis for all cases of non-traumatic lower limbs amputations in diabetes. DF care approaches include debridement of wound, pressure relief in the wounded area, proper wound, infection and ischemia management. However, there is a need for research to develop more effective therapeutic approaches. This study investigated the effectivity and safety of autologous platelet-rich gel combined with conventional treatment and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in diabetic foot ulcers therapy. METHODS Sixty diabetic foot ulcer patients were divided into treatment and control groups of 30 patients each. The treatment group involved a combination of autologous platelet-rich gel, conventional treatment, and TCM. The control group was only treated with a combination of conventional therapy and TCM. Laboratory variables, including platelets, hemoglobin, albumin, and HbA1c, were analyzed and compared between treatment and control groups at baseline and end-point. Healing area, volume, and rates were compared in both groups. RESULTS basic patients' data and the wound conditions had no significant difference between treatment and control group. The treatment and control groups cure rates were 93.3% vs. 50%, respectively. The healing rate per two weeks was significantly higher in the treatment than in control group (0.78±0.05 vs. 0.43±0.04). There was no statistically significant difference in the platelets, hemoglobin, albumin, and HbA1c levels in the treatment and control groups. CONCLUSION Autologous platelet-rich gel combined with conventional treatment and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is effective and safe for diabetic foot ulcers treatment.
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