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Tissue engineering strategies that primarily use biological extracellular matrices (ECMs) with or without the inclusion of a stem or progenitor cell source are under development for the treatment of trauma resulting in the loss of a large volume of skeletal muscle (i.e., volumetric muscle loss; VML). The explicit goal is to restore functional capacity to(More)
There are no effective clinical treatments for volumetric muscle loss (VML) resulting from traumatic injury, tumor excision, or other degenerative diseases of skeletal muscle. The goal of this study was to develop and characterize a more clinically relevant tissue-engineered muscle repair (TE-MR) construct for functional restoration of a VML injury in the(More)
Skeletal muscle injury resulting in tissue loss poses unique challenges for surgical repair. Despite the regenerative potential of skeletal muscle, if a significant amount of tissue is lost, skeletal myofibers will not grow to fill the injured area completely. Prior work in our lab has shown the potential to fill the void with an extracellular matrix (ECM)(More)
Soft tissue injuries involving volumetric muscle loss (VML) are defined as the traumatic or surgical loss of skeletal muscle with resultant functional impairment and represent a challenging clinical problem for both military and civilian medicine. In response, a variety of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine treatments are under preclinical(More)
PURPOSE Craniofacial maxillary injuries represent nearly 30% of all battlefield wounds, often involving volumetric muscle loss (VML). The physical loss of muscle results in functional deficits and cosmetic disfigurement. Although surgical solutions are limited, advances in biomaterials offer great promise for the restoration of form and function following(More)
BACKGROUND Previously we showed that tourniquets were lifesaving devices in the current war. Few studies, however, describe their actual morbidity in combat casualties. The purpose of this study was to measure tourniquet use and complications. METHODS A prospective survey of casualties who required tourniquets was performed at a combat support hospital in(More)
BACKGROUND In a previous study conducted at a combat support hospital in Iraq, we reported the major lifesaving benefits of emergency tourniquets to stop bleeding in major limb trauma. Morbidity associated with tourniquet use was minor. STUDY OBJECTIVES The objective of this study is to further analyze emergency tourniquet use in combat casualty care. (More)
BACKGROUND Skeletal muscle injury can result in significant edema, which can in turn lead to the development of acute extremity compartment syndrome (CS). Poloxamer-188 (P-188), a multiblock copolymer surfactant, has been shown to decrease edema by sealing damaged membranes in a number of tissues after a variety of injury modalities. The objective is to(More)
This study investigated the effect of age on recovery of skeletal muscle from an ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)-induced injury. Young (6 mo old) and old (24-27 mo old) Sprague-Dawley rats underwent a 2-h bout of hindlimb ischemia induced by a pneumatic tourniquet (TK). The TK was released to allow reperfusion of the affected limb, and animals were divided into(More)
With the advancement of age, skeletal muscle undergoes a progressive decline in mass, function, and regenerative capacity. Previously, our laboratory has reported an age-reduction in recovery and local induction of IGF-I gene expression with age following tourniquet (TK)-induced skeletal muscle ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). In this study, young (6 mo) and old(More)