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Enhancement of Tissue Expansion by Calcium Channel Blocker: A preliminary study.

Copcu E, Sivrioglu N, Sisman N, Aktas A, Oztan Y - World J Surg Oncol (2003)

Bottom Line: Following extraction of the expanders, the flaps were elevated and less retraction was observed in the study group compared to controls.CONCLUSION: Verapamil is safe when used topically and provides less retracted flaps.It can be suggested that verapamil acts on the myofibroblasts in the capsule around tissue expanders and thus increases efficiency of the expanders.

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Affiliation: Department of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey. copcu@lycos.com

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the defects after surgical resection of tumors is one of the important issues in surgical oncology. It is essential that the defect should be covered with a tissue quite similar to the original one and is best achieved by harvesting tissue from an area adjacent to the defect. Tissue expansion is one of the most frequently used reconstructive techniques. A number of studies evaluated blood circulation, capsule formation, tissue tolerance, histomorphological changes and complications of expander placement. However, only a few attempted to enhance tissue expansion. This study we aimed to evaluate verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, to enhance tissue expansion. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Twelve New Zealand rabbits weighing between 900 gm and 1200 gm were assigned into study and control groups. High volume expanders (100, 200 or 300 cc) were placed into the subcutaneous tissue. Rabbits in the study group received verapamil. Expanders in the control group were inflated every three days to achieve same pressure as the study group. The size of the flaps was assessed by applying pressure on tip of the flap to demonstrate the contraction. Histopathological examinations were performed. RESULTS: By administering liquid earlier and more quickly less flap retraction was observed in the study group. In the control group expanders were exposed in two rabbits while no complication occurred in the study group. Following extraction of the expanders, the flaps were elevated and less retraction was observed in the study group compared to controls. CONCLUSION: Verapamil is safe when used topically and provides less retracted flaps. It can be suggested that verapamil acts on the myofibroblasts in the capsule around tissue expanders and thus increases efficiency of the expanders.

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Apparatus for administration of verapamil
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Figure 1: Apparatus for administration of verapamil

Mentions: Verapamil was administrated using a special cannula: Thirty holes were drilled on an 2 mm diameter 30 cm long intravenous catheter and one end of the catheter was blocked (Figure 1). Thus, the drug was spilled only through the holes and spreads on the base where the expanders were placed. The cannula was twisted to form a spiral and sutured with 5/0 silk. This apparatus was sterilized in a gas autoclave.


Enhancement of Tissue Expansion by Calcium Channel Blocker: A preliminary study.

Copcu E, Sivrioglu N, Sisman N, Aktas A, Oztan Y - World J Surg Oncol (2003)

Apparatus for administration of verapamil
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Apparatus for administration of verapamil
Mentions: Verapamil was administrated using a special cannula: Thirty holes were drilled on an 2 mm diameter 30 cm long intravenous catheter and one end of the catheter was blocked (Figure 1). Thus, the drug was spilled only through the holes and spreads on the base where the expanders were placed. The cannula was twisted to form a spiral and sutured with 5/0 silk. This apparatus was sterilized in a gas autoclave.

Bottom Line: Following extraction of the expanders, the flaps were elevated and less retraction was observed in the study group compared to controls.CONCLUSION: Verapamil is safe when used topically and provides less retracted flaps.It can be suggested that verapamil acts on the myofibroblasts in the capsule around tissue expanders and thus increases efficiency of the expanders.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey. copcu@lycos.com

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the defects after surgical resection of tumors is one of the important issues in surgical oncology. It is essential that the defect should be covered with a tissue quite similar to the original one and is best achieved by harvesting tissue from an area adjacent to the defect. Tissue expansion is one of the most frequently used reconstructive techniques. A number of studies evaluated blood circulation, capsule formation, tissue tolerance, histomorphological changes and complications of expander placement. However, only a few attempted to enhance tissue expansion. This study we aimed to evaluate verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, to enhance tissue expansion. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Twelve New Zealand rabbits weighing between 900 gm and 1200 gm were assigned into study and control groups. High volume expanders (100, 200 or 300 cc) were placed into the subcutaneous tissue. Rabbits in the study group received verapamil. Expanders in the control group were inflated every three days to achieve same pressure as the study group. The size of the flaps was assessed by applying pressure on tip of the flap to demonstrate the contraction. Histopathological examinations were performed. RESULTS: By administering liquid earlier and more quickly less flap retraction was observed in the study group. In the control group expanders were exposed in two rabbits while no complication occurred in the study group. Following extraction of the expanders, the flaps were elevated and less retraction was observed in the study group compared to controls. CONCLUSION: Verapamil is safe when used topically and provides less retracted flaps. It can be suggested that verapamil acts on the myofibroblasts in the capsule around tissue expanders and thus increases efficiency of the expanders.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus