Laser scanning microscopy as a means to assess the augmentation of tissue repair by exposition of wounds to tissue tolerable plasma
Confocal laser scan microscopy (CLSM) has emerged as a tool for in vivo assessment of cutaneous conditions. In particular, its use in wound healing assessment has increasingly moved into focus. In this context, the application of tissue tolerable plasma (TTP) for wound treatment has recently become one of the most innovative therapeutic modalities.We analyzed wound healing parameters such as area decline and histomorphological characteristics of tissue repair in six subjects with vacuum-generated wounds on the forearm with a four-armed design: (A) no treatment, (B) treatment with TTP, (C) treatment with octenidine, and (D) sequential treatment with TTP and octenidine. Assessment of the wounds was conducted during six visits over the course of two weeks. The wounds were analyzed by photography and CLSM. TTP treatment led to a more rapid area decline that was statistically significant in comparison to other treatment groups. Besides mild pain, it was well tolerated. Morphologically, wound healing was found to initiate from the edges with the formation of dendritic structures consisting of keratinocytes. CLSM is a valuable tool for assessing the dynamics of wound healing. TTP, for reasons that still need to be investigated, can accelerate wound repair.