Nerve regeneration experiments were carried out using tubular nerve guides of poly[(ethylalanato)(1.4)(imidazolyl)(0.6)phosphazene] (PEIP). By means of in vivo tests, this polymer was found to be biodegradable and transformed into harmless products. The tubular nerve guides were prepared by deposition of the dissolved polymer on a glass capillary tube, followed by evaporation of the solvent (methylene dichloride). After transectioning, rat sciatic nerve stumps were immediately sutured into the ends of 10-mm-long polymer tubes. On removal bf the prosthesis, after implantation for 45 d, a tissue cable was found bridging the nerve stumps in all cases. Histological analysis revealed that the tissue cable was essentially composed of a regenerated nerve fibre bundle. A parallel series of experiments was undertaken to compare the use of silicone tubes that are not biodegradable and are most frequently used for studies of nerve regeneration with tubulization techniques, The advantages of biodegradable PEIP tubular nerve guides used for peripheral nerve repair are discussed.

Peripheral nerve repair using a poly(organo)phosphazene tubular prostheses

VERONESE, FRANCESCO;CALICETI, PAOLO;PARNIGOTTO, PIER PAOLO;
1995

Abstract

Nerve regeneration experiments were carried out using tubular nerve guides of poly[(ethylalanato)(1.4)(imidazolyl)(0.6)phosphazene] (PEIP). By means of in vivo tests, this polymer was found to be biodegradable and transformed into harmless products. The tubular nerve guides were prepared by deposition of the dissolved polymer on a glass capillary tube, followed by evaporation of the solvent (methylene dichloride). After transectioning, rat sciatic nerve stumps were immediately sutured into the ends of 10-mm-long polymer tubes. On removal bf the prosthesis, after implantation for 45 d, a tissue cable was found bridging the nerve stumps in all cases. Histological analysis revealed that the tissue cable was essentially composed of a regenerated nerve fibre bundle. A parallel series of experiments was undertaken to compare the use of silicone tubes that are not biodegradable and are most frequently used for studies of nerve regeneration with tubulization techniques, The advantages of biodegradable PEIP tubular nerve guides used for peripheral nerve repair are discussed.
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