Accelerated Healing of Full-Thickness Burns by the use of High-Vultage Pulsed Galvanic Stimulation in the pig

By:Bayron, F.E., Cruz, N.I., Suarez, A.J.|Date: August 15, 2012|Source: Ann Plast Surg. 1989 Jul;23(1):49-55. PMID: 2788384 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Accelerated Healing of Full-Thickness Burns by the use of High-Vultage Pulsed Galvanic Stimulation in the pig

ABSTRACT

An experimental study was designed using domestic pigs to evaluate the effect of high-voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation (HVPGS) on the rate of healing of full-thickness thermal burns.  Twenty animals were used in the study; each one received two standardized burns over the paravertegral region.  In half of the animals, HVPGS was performed daily for the study period.  One of the burn wounds in each pig was used to evaluate wound contraction by measuring the wound surface weekly for four weeks.  The second burn wound had weekly tissue biopsies to evaluate fibroblast population. The data showed a significantly faster rate of wound contraction (p less than 0.001) and a higher fibroblast response (p less than 0.001) in the HVPGS group when compared with controls.