Systemic inflammatory cytokine analysis to monitor biomaterial augmented tissue healing.
Smart, Neil J.
Hunt, J A
JournalThe International journal of artificial organs
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Hernias can be repaired by reinforcement of damaged fascia using biomaterials to provide stabilisation. Repair materials are usually porous, through which cells infiltrate, proliferate and secrete ECM. Their efficacy relies on good tissue integration and resolution of host defence mechanisms. Therefore, understanding the dynamics by which biomaterials interact with tissue will provide knowledge to advance prosthesis design. Furthermore, determining host response in real time would provide significant advantage both clinically and scientifically over the current terminal process of histology.