The quantitative and qualitative impairment of wound healing by adriamycin Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Dependovirus
  • Factor VIII
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Hemophilia A


  • Clinical impression suggests that Adriamycin (ADR) interferes with wound healing. To examine the effects of ADR on wound healing, male Fischer rats were subjected to a dorsal, midline, full-thickness longitudinal incision (day 0). Wound clips were removed on day +7. Twenty animals per group were given intravenous ADR on day -7, day 0, day +3 and day +7. Twenty animals served as non-treated, wounded controls (C). Five animals/group were sacrificed on days +7, +14 and +21, at which time two 9.5 mm wide strips were taken from each animal perpendicular to the wound axis and submitted for wound breaking strength (WBS) measurements and load-extension curve analysis. WBS differed most markedly at Day 21 between C(1671 +/- 59g) and ADR day -7(1360 + 71 g) p less than 0.01; C and ADR day 0 (1051 +/- 108 g) p less than 0.001; C and ADR day + 3(1134 +/- 176 g) p less than 0.02. No difference existed between C and day +7 (1790 +/- 153 g). A point of inflection always occurred between 55-60% elongation in ADR treated animals only. This portion of the curve has been previously shown to represent collagen content. It is concluded that perioperative ADR administration (day -7 through day +3) significantly and substantially impairs skin wound healing in the rat. A form of collagen yielding underlies and may contribute to this defect.

publication date

  • January 1979



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-0142(197903)43:3<932::AID-CNCR2820430322>3.0.CO;2-A

PubMed ID

  • 427732

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