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The use of biomaterials as vehicles for pharmacological agents, hormones, and growth factors is at times the best treatment for controlled local administration. Our study was designed to evaluate the in vitro biocompatibility and potential clinical use of a new polymer, hydroxyethyl methacrylate-vinyl pirrolidone. Human fibroblasts were incubated in the(More)
The aims of this study are to experimentally characterize the passive elastic behaviour of the rabbit abdominal wall and to develop a mechanical constitutive law which accurately reproduces the obtained experimental results. For this purpose, tissue samples from New Zealand White rabbits 2150±50 (g) were mechanically tested in vitro. Mechanical tests,(More)
The aim of this work is to present a methodology to model the passive mechanical behavior of the human abdomen during physiological movements. From a mechanical point of view, it is possible to predict where hernia formation is likely to occur since the areas that support higher stresses can be identified as the most vulnerable ones. For this purpose, a(More)
The material properties of meshes used in hernia surgery contribute to the overall mechanical behaviour of the repaired abdominal wall. The mechanical response of a surgical mesh has to be defined since the haphazard orientation of an anisotropic mesh can lead to inconsistent surgical outcomes. This study was designed to characterize the mechanical(More)
Non-syndromic X-linked deafness is highly heterogeneous. At least five different clinical forms have been described, but only two loci have been mapped. Here we report a Spanish family affected by a previously undescribed X-linked form of hearing impairment. Deafness is non-syndromic, sensorineural, and progressive. In affected males, the auditory(More)
This paper describes a method designed to model the repaired herniated human abdomen just after surgery and examine its static mechanical response to the maximum intra-abdominal pressure provoked by a physiological movement (standing cough). The model is based on the real geometry of the human abdomen bearing a large incisional hernia with several(More)
PURPOSE The use prosthetic materials for the surgical repair of abdominal wall defects has become almost standard practice. This study was designed to assess the expression of different growth factors (VEGF/TGF-β1) and macrophages during the early host tissue incorporation of several polypropylene lightweight (PP-LW)-including one partially absorbable-and(More)
INTRODUCTION Presoaking meshes for hernia repair with antiseptics prior to implantation could decrease the adhesion of microorganisms to the material surface and reduce the risk of antibiotic resistances. In this work, we evaluate chlorhexidine and allicin (natural antiseptic not yet tested for these purposes) against vancomycin as antiseptics to be used in(More)
One of the alternatives for the repair of large incisional hernias is the use of a prosthetic material. The present retrospective study relates the experience acquired for treatment of large incisional hernias (hernial orifice > 10 cm) with ePTFE prostheses. Thirty-eight massive incisional hernias were repaired using ePTFE 1 mm thick Soft Tissue Patches.(More)
BACKGROUND The appearance of new pathologies affecting abdominal organs after implant of a prosthesis to repair an abdominal wall defect may necessitate reintervention. The aim of this study was to compare the behavior of two types of biomaterial widely used in clinical practice, polypropylene (PL) and polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE), after a second(More)