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Radiologia. 2018 Nov - Dec;60(6):465-475. doi: 10.1016/j.rx.2018.08.006. Epub 2018 Sep 28.

Platelet-rich plasma: myth or reality?

[Article in English, Spanish]

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1
Sección de Radiología Musculoesquelética, Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, España. Electronic address: rralbert.martinez@gmail.com.
2
Sección de Radiología Musculoesquelética, Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, España.

Abstract

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a preparation for therapeutic purposes that is increasingly accepted for various musculoskeletal disorders, due to its theoretical potential to repair tissues with poor healing capacity. Several randomised clinical trials have investigated the capacity of PRP to repair tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage, and to date there is level 1a evidence to support its use for lateral epicondylitis, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy; and level 1b for patellar tendinopathy and osteoarthritis of the hip. Retrospective cohort studies and case series describe promising results with PRP for treating other musculoskeletal disorders. Since its side effects are fewer than those of the control groups, the treatment is considered practically harmless and is being increasingly used. Further randomised clinical trials are necessary to establish future indications, and to confirm effectiveness and safety.

KEYWORDS:

Ecografía; Intervencionismo; Interventionism; Plasma; Plasma rico en plaquetas; Platelet-rich plasma; Ultrasound

PMID:
30274850
DOI:
10.1016/j.rx.2018.08.006
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