Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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Investigation into the effect of systemic single high-dose erythropoietin on the healing of Achilles tendons in rats

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Clinic of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ankara 29 Mayıs State Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Hand Surgery Unit, Ankara University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ankara Keçiören Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Pathology, Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey

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Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ufuk University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

AOTT 2022; 56: 357-360
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2022.22106
Read: 160 Downloads: 77 Published: 01 November 2022

Objective: This study aimed to examine systemic erythropoietin’s effect on the Achilles tendon’s healing in a rat model.

Methods: Twenty-five adult Wistar rats were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The Achilles tendon of each rat was transected 5 mm proximal to its insertion to the calcaneus. All Achilles tendons were then repaired using modified Kessler methods. A single dose (5000 U/kg) of intraperitoneal erythropoietin (EPO) was administered to group I. Group II was a control group and did not receive an EPO injection. Four rats from each group were sacrificed at 1, 3 and 6 weeks after injection. Histopathological assessments were performed by observers blinded to the treatment.

Results: Groups I and II showed a similar increase in fibroblast cytoplasmic content and fibrillar collagen in the extracellular matrix. Collagen deposition, cellular proliferation, number of lipid vacuoles and capillary increases were similar between the groups.

Conclusion: Evidence from this study has shown no direct effect of a single systemic high dose of EPO on the histological properties of the Achilles tendon in rats.

Cite this article as: Köker Y, Armangil M, Karaduman M, Yücel Tenekeci G, Acar B, Akan B. Investigation into the effect of systemic single high-dose erythropoietin on the healing of achilles tendons in rats. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc., 2022;56(6):357-360.

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