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New technology ‘could help prevent scarring caused by burns’

18th August 2016

Scientists have developed novel pulsed electrical field technology that could help burn victims avoid serious scarring.

A team from Tel Aviv University and Harvard University have found a way of using short, pulsed electric fields to prevent the formation of burn-related hypertrophic scars, which are raised areas of tissue caused by excessive collagen buildup.

The technique is known as partial irreversible electroporation and works by controlling the body's natural response to trauma. While it causes irreversible damage to the collagen cells. It is balanced so as not to create a new wound or prevent healthy scarring completely.

Using this method, burn injuries in rats were treated in five therapy sessions over six months, resulting in a 57.9 percent reduction of the scar area in comparison with untreated scars.

Dr Alexander Golberg of Tel Aviv University's Porter School of Environmental Studies said: "We have found a way to partially prevent scar formation in animal models. Next we need to raise funding to develop a device for the clinical study on humans."

If perfected, it is thought this method could offer considerable advances in scar treatment compared to surgical excision, laser therapy, electron-beam irradiation, mechanical compression dressing, silicone sheet application and other techniques.

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