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Arch Dermatol. 1990 Feb;126(2):222-5.

Electrical stimulation and wound healing.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, School of Medicine, FL 33101.


Living tissues possess direct current surface electropotentials that regulate, at least in part, the healing process. Following tissue damage, a current of injury is generated that is thought to trigger biological repair. In addition, exogenous electrical stimuli have been shown to enhance the healing of wounds in both human subjects and animal models. Intractable ulcers have demonstrated accelerated healing and skin wounds have resurfaced faster and with better tensile properties following exposure to electrical currents. This article examines the bioelectric properties of living systems and reviews the existing literature on electrical stimulation and wound healing.

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