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Umbilical cord is shown to help chronic wounds heal

from McKnight's

Cryopreserved umbilical cord, or cUC, allografts healed nearly 80 percent of chronic wounds in a retrospective review of a Texas veterans clinic. Researchers examined the charts of 57 patients with 64 chronic wounds, all of them treated at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas. Principal investigator, podiatrist Mark Couture, debrided the wounds in his clinic or in an operating room, then placed the cUC directly over the wound bed and secured it with a nonadherent layer and moist gauze or sterile dressing. Additional debridement and cUC were given, if needed, weekly. In all, 51 wounds, or 79.7 percent, healed completely, with an average of 3.43 applications. more

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