The Use of Unripe Pawpaw for Wound Bed Preparation Following Radiation‑Induced Sacral Ulcer: A Case Report and Review of Literature

  • Ezekiel Uchechukwu Nwankwo
  • Charles Chidiebele Maduba
  • Victor Ifeanyichukwu Modekwe
  • Ugochukwu Uzodimma Nnadozie
Keywords: Case report, radiation wounds, unripe pawpaw, wound bed preparation

Abstract

Radiation wounds are very difficult to manage due to poor vascular status, excessive matrix metalloproteinases, and abnormal  myofibroblast function. Such wound beds do not adequately support conventional resurfacing as do nonradiate beds. We present a 46‑year‑old female with a sacral radiation ulcer, which had earlier failed to support flap cover on two instances after bed preparation with conventional honey dressing and negative pressure dressing, but was subsequently successfully managed with unripe pawpaw wound bed preparation. Are‑elevation of the right gluteal myocutaneous flap proved successful and satisfactory. The finding may have resulted from both enzymatic properties of unripe pawpaw and its ability to break the biofilms and to locally supply the ascorbic acid necessary for collagen synthesis and granulation tissue formation.

Keywords: Case report, radiation wounds, unripe pawpaw, wound bed preparation

Published
2021-07-01
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2667-0526
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