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2020 Mar




Micropore Particle Technology Promotes Wound Healing, Whereas Polyhexamethylene Biguanide Causes Tissue Degeneration: A Case Report.


A 72-year-old woman with a nontraumatic spinal cord injury developed eschar on her lower right back. An underlying abscess was identified, which upon surgical debridement left a large wound extending down to the hip bone. In addition, the hip suffered from chronic osteomyelitis and was exposed at the bottom of the wound. The wound was initially treated for 5 weeks with Manuka honey but deteriorated further. Next, micropore particle technology (MPPT) was used. It cleared the wound of necrotic tissue based on autolytic debridement and removed the soft tissue infection; over a 3-month period, the wound reduced 50% in volume. Treatment approach was changed to polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and was applied as a gel once every second day to the wound. After 6 days, it was observed to cause tissue degeneration, disruption of the structure of the exposed bone, and the appearance of froth coming through the hip bone. A pain syndrome developed and the use of PHMB was terminated on day 10. After a wash-out period, the use of MPPT was reinitiated. Over the following 8 months, MPPT continued to control the infectious debris coming from the hip bone and promote healing without affecting the bone or causing side effects.