| RESEARCH PAPER
|Year : 1979 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 257-264
Influence of zinc sulphate on steroid depressed wound healing
PV Diwan, LD Tilloo, DR Kulkarni
The value of supplemental zinc in wound healing in nutritionally normal individuals has remained controversial. Possibly, zinc might have differential action on optimally and sub-optimally healing wounds. This hypothesis was experimentally verified by monitoring wound contraction, epithelization in excised wounds (rabbits); tensile strength in healing incision-wounds (guineapigs) and weights of cotton pellet granuloma (rats). Wound/pellet baring animals were divided into control (saline OS ml i.p.) and steroid (dexamethasone 0.17-0.33 mg/kg/day i. m.) groups. Some animals in each group received zinc sulphate topically (1% ointment) or parenterally (25-100 mg/kg i.p.). In control animals with optimal healing zinc sulphate bad no influence. On the other hand, the steroid induced depression of healing was significanlty (P<0.001 to <0.05) prevented by zinc sulphate treatment.
P V Diwan
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