IMAGE: This is the view through a multi-photon microscope as macrophages (red) congregate on a wound site (green). view more
Credit: Provided by Kubes’ Lab, Snyder Institute for Chronic Disease, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
The body is amazing at healing itself. However, sometimes he can overdo it. Excessive scarring after abdominal and pelvic surgery in the peritoneal cavity can lead to serious complications and sometimes death. The peritoneal cavity has a protective lining containing organs in our abdomen. It also contains fluid to keep the organs lubricated. When the lining is damaged, tissue and scars can form, creating problems. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Bern in Switzerland have discovered what causes excessive scarring and the options to try to prevent it.
“It’s a global concern. Complications from these peritoneal adhesions cause pain and can lead to life-threatening small bowel obstruction and infertility in women, ”says Dr. Joel Zindel, MD, University of Bern, Switzerland, and first author of the study that worked on this research as a Swiss national …
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