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New Article on Osteoarthritis and Platelet Rich Plasma

A European Study from Oct 07′ by Anitua & Sanchez et al. injected 10 osteoarthritic patients with PRP & studied the cellular effects of PRP. They found an increase in hyaluronic acid concentration, balancing cell proliferation (angiogenesis). However, there was no effect on IL 1-B, which generally plays a role in osteoarthritis. This information gives us insight into how PRP may potentially benefit arthritis.

Platelet-released growth factors enhance the secretion of hyaluronic acid and induce hepatocyte growth factor production by synovial fibroblasts from arthritic patients

http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/kem234v1

It’s important that we better understand the mechanism that PRP may potentially benefit arthritis. New insights may direct more specific treatments in the exciting realm of Biologics.


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