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MPPT in the treatment of wounds and pressure ulcers in spinal cord injured patients

SCI-Immune Deficiency Syndrome

A prospective study in adult spinal cord injury (SCI) persons was conducted to determine the efficacy and safety of MPPT (micropore particle technology – Amicapsil) for the treatment of wounds below the site of injury. SCI-persons have an immune deficiency syndrome due to the disruption of communication between the nervous and the immune system, and they consequently have impaired immune responses resulting in reduced ability to fight infections, poor wound healing and increased risk of developing osteomyelitis.

There is no effective treatment for these wounds, and they represent a huge risk to SCI-persons as they often give rise to secondary complication such as osteomyelitis and sepsis and can have significant impact on quality of life, e.g. by forcing the person to maintain bed-rest for extended periods of time thus putting an end to an active life both professionally and socially. NICE (UK) directly advices against the use of antimicrobials for the treatment of pressure ulcers.

Background on MPPT

MPPT is a passive immunotherapy that acts via the skin microbiome. It removes the toxins and enzymes that bacteria and fungi release to inhibit immune cells and it disrupts the structure of biofilm. By disrupting the weaponry of bacteria and fungi, the immune cells regain their function and become able to control the wound environment. It involves no antimicrobial components, is effective against antimicrobial resistant strains and will not contribute to the creation of new resistance.

In a 266 non-SCI-patient RCT, MPPT reached an infection-free and healing wound following once daily application for 3 days compared to 7 days for a topical antibiotic (gentamicin) and 8 days for an antiseptic (iodine), i.e. MPPT removed the infection 60% quicker. MPPT also reduced hospitalisation days by 31% compared to gentamicin (abscesses, post-surgical wounds: 41%; diabetic foot ulcers: 31%; venous leg ulcers: 19%) and 39% compared to iodine (abscesses, post-surgical wounds: 44%; diabetic foot ulcers: 51%; venous leg ulcers: 36%). In an evaluation on dehisced surgical wounds, MPPT , in 4-5 days, achieved the same healing stage as would require 3 weeks of NPWT. MPPT is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and has not been associated with any side-effects. It can be used directly on bone.

Study design

Patients were recruited from the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, UK; The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury, UK; Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Stanford Hall, UK; NHS Wiltshire Community Care, UK; BackUp Trust, UK; and SIA (Spinal Injuries Association), UK. Adult patients with traumatic or non-traumatic spinal cord injury and a wound below the site of injury were enrolled. The wounds could be any grade, be of any age and could have been exposed to other treatment approaches.

The study included 30 wounds in para- and tetraplegics. One patient with a chronic wound was excluded due to incompliance. Patients were living at home and the treatment of the wounds was performed by the patients themselves, their spouses or carers. The only exception was at the DMRC, where the nurses were responsible, except if the patient could go home for weekends in which case treatment would be performed by the patient, family or district nurse, i.e. similarly to the rest of the patient group. Patients were asked to take photos daily of the wound pre-wash, post-wash, with MPPT applied and of the inside of the used dressing, if a dressing had been used. Based on these, the wounds were evaluated daily.

Acute wounds

A total of 17 acute wounds were included, grade 1-4 and less than 2 months old at the time when MPPT treatment was initiated; 9 had received other treatment approaches before start of MPPT .

In all acute wounds, MPPT removed soft tissue infection and induced tissue regeneration, and all wounds reached stable closure. Time to complete wound surface epithelialisation was usually less than 2 months from start of treatment but depended upon wound grade, number of accidents causing contamination of the wound, and to which extent the person could assist healing, e.g. bed-rest and ensure access of air to the wound surface. For persons with full-time jobs, solutions were found to minimise interference with their daily activities.

Chronic wounds

A total of 12 chronic wounds were included, grade 3-4, and ranging from 6 months to 12 years of age at the time of start of MPPT application. Based on similarity of clinical picture, wounds appearing following flap-surgery were included in this group. All patients had been exposed to a range of antibiotics, antiseptics and other treatment approaches prior to MPPT . The clinical picture was complex:

  1. In chronic wounds without osteomyelitis, MPPT was able to reach stable closure. The treatment duration, however, was prolonged compared to acute wounds.
  1. In chronic wounds with underlying osteomyelitis, which unfortunately was the majority, MPPT consistently removed soft tissue infection and induced tissue regeneration.

As the osteomyelitis needs to drain its debris to the wound surface, the presence of osteomyelitis usually presented itself in one of two different manners in the non-infected soft tissue, presumably depending on the severity of the osteomyelitis: Either as one or more narrow non-infected wound tracts leading down to the infected bone (Fig. 1), which would remain open; or as a wound entering a continual repetitious cycle of break-ups and closures with tiny pin-holes often present on the surface (Fig. 2).

Full resolution of the condition would require bone debridement but, from a wound management perspective, MPPT reduced the size of the wound, removed the soft tissue infection and prevented further spread of infection. This reduced the risk of cellulitis, septicaemia and additional osteomyelitis caused by soft-tissue infection. MPPT can, of course, not prevent the spread of the osteomyelitis within the bone.

Fig. 1. Chronic years-old ischial tuberosity nonhealing pressure ulcer in paraplegic patient with confirmed osteomyelitis. Left: Start of treatment. Skin opening 6 cm x 2 cm leading into expanding 10 cm deep cavity that leads into 2 additional wide 3 cm deep tunnels in both directions along palpable bone; Pic 2: Skin opening 1.5 cm x 0.5 cm leading into 3 narrow 3-4 cm deep tunnels. Pictures scaled using size of the wound opening to allow direct comparison. Case ongoing.

 

Fig. 2. Chronic, 12-year-old, sacral pressure ulcer in paraplegic patient. Repeated X-rays had failed to identify osteomyelitis. MPPT rapidly reduced the wound infection, allowing the identification of the pinholes. MPPT led to full wound closure, but the wound would enter a cyclic pattern of break-ups and closures. The pinholes indicated with arrows appear to be exit tracts for gas and possible debris from an underlying bone infection. An identical pattern was observed in patients with confirmed osteomyelitis.

 

Diagnostic tool

Rossella et al. (2019), in a prospective study, compared MRI to biopsy samples for diagnosing osteomyelitis in SCI-patients and found that the sensitivity and specificity of MRI was considerably lower than generally considered. Based on this, it was recommended to routinely perform bone debridement in connection with flap-surgery.

In the present study, the use of MPPT enabled the simple identification of the sinus tracts widely associated with osteomyelitis as well as the mentioned pin-holes and cycling behaviour. These characteristic features could be identified once MPPT had reduced the level of infection and inflammation. This could potentially be used in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis if this relationship can be confirmed. In cases of festering wounds with easily palpable bone, the induced tissue regeneration was required to observe the formation of sinus tracts and cycling behaviour.

The proposed method is non-invasive, simple and part of the required process of treating the wound. With the ability to heal a wound, the value of a diagnostic tool for osteomyelitis increases, as it allows for the possibility of the patient avoiding surgery altogether. Furthermore, if bone debridement is needed, the removal of the soft-tissue infection prior to surgery will increase the success rate.

Infective organisms

All chronic wounds had at some point distinctly green- and/or red-pigmented deposits on the used dressings, indicating that among the infective organisms were Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens, respectively. Both are known to be associated with wounds, soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis, septicaemia, to be multi-resistant (inherent and required) and to be very difficult to treat due to their high virulence and tendency to form biofilm. MPPT was able to remove these infections and induce tissue regeneration. This would reduce the risks of osteomyelitis, cellulitis and septicaemia.

Antiseptics in wounds

The study highlighted the detrimental effects of using antiseptics in wound management. Studies have repeatedly shown antiseptics to be cytotoxic, killing e.g. fibroblasts, keratinocytes, osteoblasts, neutrophils and macrophages. They will therefore harm any tissue regeneration as well as an immune response. They will also weaken the periosteum, which relies on fibroblasts to maintain its protective structure, thus increasing the risk of osteomyelitis. The cases involving osteomyelitis had generally been exposed to antiseptics such as PHMB and in one case it was observed how PHMB caused substantial tissue degeneration at its normal clinically used concentration. Antiseptics are furthermore known to 1) cause antimicrobial resistance, including to antibiotics, thus rendering the patients multi-resistant; 2) to increase the virulence of bacteria; and 3) to perturb the balance of the microbiome towards more invasive and more resistant strains, i.e. antiseptics fail to remove infections, but instead favour multi-resistant strains.

Endocrine-disrupting substances

Some widely used wound dressings contain endocrine-disrupting substances such as petroleum jelly, which are oestrogen mimics. Oestrogen reduces the immune response in muscle and it affects vascularization. In one patient, who had been using wound dressings containing an oestrogen-mimic for a prolonged period, the hidden diffuse infection was overwhelming; the structure of the soft tissue was markedly changed; and healing was strongly impaired. These effects may not be as evident in non-SCI persons with a normal immune response, but with SCI-persons being immune deficient and the inflammatory response already suppressed, the system is more easily perturbed and even minor disturbances may have considerable impact on healing.

Safety

No adverse events, allergy, bleeding, negative effects on bone, tendon, vessels or muscles, or any other type of side effects have been seen. MPPT is hypoallergenic and non-toxic and does not cause AMR.

Conclusion

In summary, MPPT removed soft tissue infection and induced tissue regeneration in all wounds. In the absence of underlying osteomyelitis, stable wound closure was achieved. If osteomyelitis was present, MPPT reduced the size of the wound to almost closure and thereafter effectively managed the wound, preventing re-infection and deterioration of soft tissue.

A key finding was that, if treatment was initiated before the wound was 2 months old, MPPT achieved stable closure in all wounds. Also, compared to a chronic wound, the treatment of an acute wound is simple, patients can do it themselves after receiving brief written or verbal instructions, and fewer applications are required. The ability to self-care also provides considerable independence.

Guest et al. (2018), using NHS (UK) community data from the general population treated with standard-of-care, found that only 14% of infected pressure ulcers (grade 1-4) healed within the first 12 months of reporting the ulcer to their doctor, and, for those healed, the average time to closure was 7.7 months. The annual cost of treatment was approximately £11,000. Despite the recommendation of NICE, antimicrobials were widely used and, in the SCI-population, their use will mean that most will develop osteomyelitis. The findings also have huge cost implications as most acute wounds only required £65 worth of MPPT to reach closure, whereas the annual cost of treating a pressure ulcer with standard-of-care is close to £11,000 and these costs would continue year-on-year and would often lead to the need for flap-surgery with further financial and medical implications.

The chronic wounds almost invariably demonstrated the presence of the multi-resistant strains P. aeruginosa and S. marcescens, and this was seen in all patients who had been exposed repeatedly to different types of antimicrobials. Their presence could indicate that the current treatments are selecting for at least two species of multi-resistant bacteria known to be associated with high virulence factors as well as high frequency of abscess formation. The debate regarding antimicrobial resistance focuses mostly on loss of efficacy towards specific bacterial strains. It has attracted much less attention that antimicrobials will create an advantage for the resistant strains by eliminating the antimicrobial-sensitive strains while minimally affecting the resistant strain. This will give the resistant strains room to expand. As antimicrobial resistance and virulence is often linked, the use of antimicrobials in these areas will actively support a resistant, often more harmful infection, instead of fighting it, and this will consequently place the patient at risk.

In comparison, MPPT does not change the composition of the patient’s microbiome towards resistant, virulent strains because it removes infection by returning control of the microbiome to the immune system without itself being antimicrobial.

The following are examples of wounds included in the study.

9 week old chronic pressure ulcer

Paraplegic patient had 9-week old pressure ulcer on buttock. Hydrogel, manuka honey and Flaminal Forte, respectively in combination with Durafibre had been tried, but the wound remained non-healing and slowly deteriorating, i.e. expanding. Acapsil was applied once daily for 3 days and initiated healing. From Day 0 to Day 6 there was over 90% reduction in the volume of the wound and the wound continued towards closure.

Please see video above for the full story.

2 year old Category 2 sacral pressure ulcer closes in 17 days

Patient was a woman in her late thirties C5 complete quadriplegic, 20 years paralysed. The pressure ulcer was a category 2 of 1.5cm x 1.4cm below the sacral area and had been persistent for 2 years. It had no tunnelling and undermining. It had once closed, however only to reopen. The patient had been on bed-rest for the 6 weeks period prior to Acapsil. Judging only from what was apparent to the naked eye, the ulcer seemed covered with a layer of tenacious biofilm.

Acapsil was applied once daily for three days (Day 0, 1 and 2). For the entire period until full closure, the wound was cleaned thoroughly daily with plenty of clean water (shower) and dabbed dry very gently. The wound was either left uncovered or covered with a plain gauze or an N-A (dry, permeable contact layer dressing) of the patient’s choice depending on the immediate activity that was to be undertaken. The patient was encouraged to leave the ulcer to the air as much as possible. She was also encouraged not to sit or lie on the wound but still to get out of bed for moderate amounts of time – with good use of cushions etc. Acapsil was applied once more later in the healing process, due to unforeseen circumstances. It immediately restarted healing.

Category 2 pressure ulcer on Day 0 before application of Acapsil.
Day 0 before application of Acapsil
Category 2 pressure ulcer on Day 9 after application of Acapsil once daily for 3 days
Pressure ulcer on Day 9
Category 2 pressure ulcer on Day 5 following application of Acapsil once daily for 3 days
Pressure ulcer on Day 5.
Category 2 pressure ulcer on Day 17 following application of Acapsil once daily for 3 days. The ulcer is closed.
Pressure ulcer Day 17 - closed.

 

It was evident that the biofilm disappeared within the first 2 days together with a small amount of non-viable tissue - this tidying process necessarily leaving the wound opening a tiny bit wider and deeper than before first application. The biofilm is a sign of the microbes having gained a strong foothold with infiltration of the deeper and surrounding areas by a variety of infecting agents. The tissue infiltration was gradually cleared over the following days. It was recognizable by the stretching and pulling of the surrounding skin as well as the flakes and scales appearing on the surrounding skin. The flakes and scales are a sign that the skin and the underlying tissue is regenerating and being substituted for healthier skin appearing rapidly underneath. The flakes and scales should be left in peace to fall off in their own time, which will be when the new skin underneath is sufficiently mature. After full closure of the actual skin opening, the wound, the skin continues to mature for approximately 6 weeks. It was also evident how the regeneration of soft tissue would also continue to progress underneath the new skin. This process is likely to take a similar amount of time.

The ulcer was fully closed (epithelialised) on Day 17.

Patient's statement on Day 17: “It is amazing stuff that Acapsil” VH

3.5-year-old sacrum pressure ulcer

Background

As a consequence of hospitalisation, ICU, in connection with initial spinal injury, an approximately 60-year-old man developed a sacrum pressure ulcer which very quickly expanded to a category 4. It became heavily infected, and over the following 15 months in hospital followed by 19 months in community care, the wound has needed daily treatment by usually specialty nurses mostly from tissue viability. Essentially, all available approaches to wound care have been tried including NPWT with and without instillation of saline, but it has proven impossible to close the wound. Judging from the history; the state of the wound; and the fact that chronicity in wounds is due to infection (Leaper et al. 2015) it is most likely that the patient by now has developed a very deep-seated infection that – given all the methods tried – has developed resistance to practically all available approaches.

In hospital the following products had been used:
Inadine, Kaltostat, Durafiber,Durafiber Ag,Allevyn Life, Allevyn Adhesive, Allevyn Gentle, Tegaderm foam, Sorbaderm, Debrisoft, Aquacel Foam, Promogran, Iodoflex.

In community, among others, the following products had been used:
Prontosan, Aquacel Ag, VAC pump, Inadine, Kaltostat, Durafiber, Durafiber Ag, Allevyn Gentle Border, Tegaderm Foam, Sorbaderm, Debrisoft, Aquacel Foam, Promogran, Iodoflex, PICO, Suprasorb, Medihoney gel, Packing ribbon, Manuka honey, Flamazine, Cutimed Sorbact, Flaminal Forte, Biatain Silicone, Kliniderm, Allevyn.

 

Goal of Acapsil trial:

The wound was being scheduled for surgery. The aim of the Acapsil treatment was to contain the spreading infection and reduce it as far as possible. This would allow for a reduction of the area to be excised as well as significantly increase the chances of success of surgery. Acapsil could then be used again immediately following surgery, in order to remove any remnants of infection and to keep the healing process progressing uneventfully.

This goal has been reached Day 21. While awaiting surgery, the further progress will be monitored.

Pressure ulcer / Pressure sore. Chronic and nonhealing. Comparison of Day 0 vs. Day 21 after MPPT (Acapsil) daily for 21 days. Clear signs of reduction in infection and start of healing.

While awaiting surgery, the wound is flushed with tap water daily and dabbed dry with a gauze. It is left to air only covered with a simple gauze and no antimicrobials are being used. So far, it has only needed a light, superficial dusting with Acapsil once, due to possible detection of odour.
The monitoring will continue until surgery.

Pressure ulcer / Pressure sore. Chronic and nonhealing. Comparison of Day 0 vs. Day 59 after MPPT (Acapsil) daily for 21 days, where after the wound was given time to heal in peace.

Example of analysing wound status and progression

3.5-year-old category 4 sacrum pressure ulcer. 17x17 cm covered with bright red shiny skin and scar tissue with a relatively small opening in the centre. As most of the wound area is closed over by skin on top, the wound can only be evaluated from the colour, texture and temperature of the skin as well from the level, colour, texture and smell of the exudate. The 4 pictures below are identical, from Day 0, i.e. before start of Acapsil, and indicate the 4 main areas of the wound.

Area 1:

Day 0: The opening and the surrounding skin in the inner blue circle is deep purple and the texture is stiff and hard like cardboard in the entire area within the broad blue circle - the signs of cellulitis in old non-healing wounds. The inside of the wound is brown-yellow and necrotic. The cranial and right sides are undermined by 1 cm (blue line). The wound edges are curved downwards facing into the open cavity. The exudate level is very high. The wound is malodourous.

Day 21: Area1: All purple areas have changed to pink and the cardboard-like texture is gone – i.e. the cellulitis is cleared, fending off the acute risk of septicaemia. The skin is now skin-like and even the old scar tissue is well pliable. The inside of the wound is pink and granulating. It has granulated up from the bottom, the opening has reduced by one third from the distal end and the undermining along the right side has disappeared. The exudate level is reduced to being controlled by a cotton gauze. No smell is associated with the wound.

Area 2:

Day 0: The distal area of the wound show clear signs of widespread tissue infiltration.

Day 21: The area is now cleared of infiltration and the skin is normal in both texture and colour practically up to the wound opening.

Area 3:

Day 0: 2 sinuses of 4 and 5 cm, respectively, open underneath the undermining and run cranially under the skin as indicated by the blue lines. The entire area circled in blue is warm to touch, red, inflamed and swollen with cracked and fissured skin resembling miniature wounds - the signs of infectious infiltration.

Day 21: The acute skin infection is cleared and the skin is returning to its normal colour. The 2 sinuses run underneath the deeply infiltrated area making sure the body has a means to drain out the necrotic tissue and the debris created by the infection. The area has clearly reduced in redness and the swelling on left side is starting to reduce. The sinus tunnels have been deblocked and cleared of infection; this is witnessed by fresh tissue being brought out during probing. The sinuses need to remain open temporarily to allow for the regular drainage of infective debris until the entire area has been cleared from tissue infiltration. As practically the entire wound area is covered by skin, only the sinuses represent an opening for Acapsil to reach the distant tissue to support the immune system. The infection is 3.5 years old and judging from the colour of the exudate pushed out on different days, pockets of infection with different infective agents have broken of different days. The process of infection containment and removal is ongoing and, as the wound is 3.5 years old, this will take the immune system some time to penetrate all the pockets and get to the bottom of the infection in all directions.

Area 4:

Day 0: Two areas of dense, deep infectious tissue infiltration with no open sinuses running underneath, are outlined in blue.

Day 21: The deep-seated infectious tissue infiltration has contracted showing rather clear demarcation borders on both sides in the areas indicated in blue. There are no sinuses or other means for the body to rid itself of the waste products deriving from the ongoing infection removal process. On the right side, the infection is now contained and concentrated in two spots and the body has chosen to open the skin to the surface to rid itself of the waste products by this route. This will create a small wound which will be very easily controlled and closed with Acapsil. This strategy is therefore desirable, as it will lead to resolution of the tissue infiltration in the area. On the left side, the infiltrated area is also in the process of being contained and creating visible demarcation borders. It is still too early to predict whether the body will be able to get rid of enough debris through the obvious cracks in the skin or whether it will have to break through in a manner similar to the right side.

35 year old infected necrotic abscess following radiation therapy

A 74-year-old lady had received very high doses of radiotherapy 35 years ago to treat cervical cancer. This had created an abscess which 35 years later, in March 2017, revealed itself as a sizeable patch of eschar (dry, black necrosis) on the right side of the lower back (Pict. 5 April 2017, see below).

Approximately a month and a half later (Pict. 20 May 2017), the patient developed toxaemia; was hospitalised to ICU (intensive care unit); and received iv antibiotics for 4 days where-after the abscess was surgically debrided, exposing an infected wound with a 10 x 2.5 cm opening. The depth was 6.5 cm without finding viable tissue at the bottom. The “floor” of the wound, as it appears in the pictures, was directly on top of bone suffering from chronic osteomyelitis. This bone infection needed to drain into the wound.

5 April 2017 20 May 2017 – Day before surgical debridement

For one month following this debridement, the wound was packed daily with Manuka honey and dressed with superabsorbents to resolve the remaining necrotic tissue and to promote healing. However, after a brief appearance of a few granulation buds at one edge (Pict. 13 June 2017), the wound regressed, grew in size to 12x3 cm and the necrotic tissue dried and formed a 1 cm thick dry and leathery layer on top of the entire wound. A severe, deep and wide undermining along half the perimeter of the wound developed and the skin significantly thickened and hardened (an indication of the potential presence of toxins). Broad purple-red wound edges and peri-wound area were evident, indicating high risk of cellulitis. The wound became increasingly infected and highly malodorous and the patient showed overall renewed signs of toxaemia (Pict. 23 June 2017).

13 June 2017 – after 3 weeks with Manuka honey 23 June 2017 - Day -4 - four days before start of Acapsil

On the 27th of June, Day 0, the use of Manuka honey was stopped and daily application of Acapsil was initiated. A MRI was performed, which identified a 20 cm deep 3 cm diameter tunnel, leading from the right-side bottom of the wound down along the right femur. This was running along the main vessels and nerves and was tightly filled with cheese-like slough. Similar to the hip-bone, the femur also suffered from chronic osteomyelitis and needed to drain into the tunnel. The wound was washed and Acapsil applied. After 24 hours, the overall signs of toxaemia had reduced (not disappeared) and the wound showed signs of granulation to the front rim at the leftmost corner, the “ceiling” and the “floor”(Pict. 28 June 2017, Day1).

28 June 2017 - Day 1 - After 24 hours Acapsil 5 July 2017 - Day 9

Over the following months, with some interruptions, the wound was thoroughly washed and Acapsil was applied more or less daily to roughly all accessible wound surfaces, including exposed osteomyelitic bone, undermining and as far possible into the tunnel until blocked by slough. It was covered with a permeable contact layer dressing and a 2-ply gauze.

The wound progressively cleared and granulation tissue and new epithelium around the wound edges appeared and grew gradually stronger (Pict 05 July 2017, Day 9). The malodorous infection of the entire wound resolved. The ongoing necrotizing stopped, large amounts of the existing necrosis dissolved via autolysis and the underlying viable tissue started to build up via steady granulation. (Pict. 23 July 2017). In the floor-area of the right hand side of the wound in front of the hole marking the entrance to the 20 cm deep sinus, an area gradually cleared very deep down until reaching viable tissue, including a 0.5 cm wide, 10 cm long and 4.5 cm deep ridge (Pict. 25 July 2017).

The left hand side of the floor area was situated on top of the osteomyelitic bone. This was cleared of the necrotic tissue whilst still preserving the white structured fascia on top of the bone. The chronic infection had deformed the bone structure to the degree that it was no longer smooth but butting up grey and brown protrusions through the fascia. Granulation started to grow back over the bone where the fascia was intact. (Pict. 25 July 2017)

23 July 2017 25 July 2017
30 July 2017 - The area between the granulating “ceiling” and the white and structured fascia on the “floor” is a necrotized vein that is in undergoing removal by autolytic debridement.

During the course of the following month, the wound would build strong new tissue from the entire ceiling and right-hand side of the wound (Pict. 02 August 2017) (Pict. 17 August 2017) as well as the right-hand side deep floor area in front of the sinus entrance (Pict. 29 August 2017 - 1). For reasons external to Acapsil and the wound, the left upper corner had up till now mostly been left uncovered with Acapsil during applications and was, therefore, lacking behind still needing to undergo autolytic debridement of necrotized non-soft-tissue, e.g. vessels (Pict. 29 August 2017 - 2).

2 August 2017 17 August 2017
29 August 2017 - 1 29 August 2017 - 2

After 2 months with Acapsil, 31 August 2017, the 20 cm deep sinus down the leg running along the osteomyelitic bone cleared of the remaining cheese-like slough and remained clean. Only one day later, there was a remarkable change in the purple-red coloured cellulitic peri-wound skin. The inflammation started to contract in width and the skin gained a healthy pink colour. At this point in time, the hardened skin along the entire bottom edge of the wound also started to slowly fuse at the bottom thereby starting to clear the undermining. Further, off-white coloured new epithelium generated on the edges themselves. Furthermore, the volume of the wound had reduced considerably (Pict. 02 September 2017).

2 September 2017

The high-risk issues in the wound had been resolved, the healing was progressing well, and it was decided to change the application regime to every other day.

The wound continued to move rapidly along the path of healing with granulations building from the ceiling; back wall; right hand side of wound; and floor area in front of the right hand sinus entrance (Pict. 13 September 2017) (Pict. 07 October 2017). The osteomyelitic left-hand side floor area was kept clean and granulation was slowly making its way over the fascia (Pict. 13 September 2017) (Pict. 17 October 2017 -1).

By mid October, the wound had reduced approximately 50% in volume (Pict. 17 July 2017-2); there were no signs of wound infection; and the patient was overall performing remarkably well.

13 September 2017 7 October 2017
17 October 2017 - 1 17 October 2017 - 2

General observation:

For the duration of the period of Acapsil use, a consistent feature was that as soon as an area had been cleared of necrosis, it started to granulate. Granulation would always make its first appearance as a distinctive white layer of proliferating cells and over the following couple of days, this would turn pink as the angiogenesis took place and the granulation matured.

Another consistent trait throughout the period of removal of infection and necrotic tissue as well as tissue formation was, that the immune system would seem to work the deeper tissue and deposit the resulting waste as sloughy exudate on top of the wound, even on top of areas with strong granulation. The healing process was, therefore, assisted by a daily wash to remove this toxin containing waste material without causing damage to the forming granulation tissue.

The wound as a small part of a bigger clinical picture - Acapsil used for tertiary intention healing:

Due to the presence of extensive and chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection), the patient had been referred to the national specialist unit for osteomyelitis at Nuffield in Oxford. Osteomyelitis of this magnitude, severity and in the relevant area could only be treated via life-threatening major surgery and with uncertain future perspectives of quality of life for the patient. The consensus of the specialist team was, therefore, to try to manage - not cure - the osteomyelitis with the use of antibiotics. The success of this option would, however, depend on this extensive and infected body opening (the wound) being brought under control. Furthermore, as the infection of the bone would persist, it would always continue to drain microbes and their toxins into the wound. Therefore, a long-term solution to manage these conditions and avoid further infection or necrosis in the wound was sought for.

The wish-list for the wound set out by the specialist team in Oxford was to:

  1. remove all dead tissue and waste material originating from the infection (debride) as this is the ideal breeding ground for infections;
  2. remove the wound infection;
  3. maintain the wound clean without it growing in size or complexity; and
  4. keep infection and amount of toxins in the wound below the threshold of causing toxaemia.

At this point in time, Acapsil had accomplished all of these wishes and was continuing to keep the wound controlled and healing. All expectations had, consequently, been exceeded and the patient could go back to the team in Oxford with high hopes.

The patient and her family offered the following statement:

Testimonial for Acapsil.

21st October, 2017.

For the period from March 2017/October 2017.

TESTIMONIAL

35 years ago my wife was one of the first people to live through cervical cancer after having been given a few months to live. She was at Christies Hospital in Manchester and given a new treatment which included a very heavy dose of radiotherapy.

Seven months ago, this long forgotten radio-therapy resurfaced by creating various abscesses in her pelvis and thigh. When the surgeons opened up what seemed to be a large pressure sore, they were amazed to find a deep wound created by escaping radiotherapy infection from her pelvis and thigh. What they found was a rectangular wound that was 12 cms wide, 5 cms deep and 12 cms into her flesh at it’s deepest point which fed into a 20 cm sinus that ran into the bone. They decided it was too dangerous to continue clearing it and referred us back to the deep tissue viability team.

After a further two months, with the use of traditional methods there was little improvement and we firmly believed that my wife would die as the infection worsened. Nobody gave us any assurances that this was not the case. All they knew was that she had chronic osteomyelitis which seemed incurable without a deep tissue operation at the Nuffield Centre, which had less than a 50% chance of survival.

We were then introduced to a product called Acapsil. The manufacturer, at that time, thought the wound was too severe for its product to work, but we decided to take a chance. Nothing else was working. Within a month there had been a major improvement. Now, just after two months the wound and the sinus are almost totally clear; granulations are blooming and the flesh has closed down the wound by approximately 50%. Unbelievable. We have kept an accurate photographic record, always with community nurses present, of this amazing transformation.

The surgeons and doctors had said they couldn’t do anything with the wound in the condition it was in. We’re now going back to them with an almost clean wound. My wife is in little pain and full of hope as we wait to see what the surgeons and doctors now determine how they can prolong her life.

We’re not home yet, but without Acapsil neither of us believes we would have got this far.

JS and ES

The wound was taken off Acapsil treatment and the plan was to return to the original team in Oxford with a non-infected, granulating wound on top of osteomyelitic bone. Unfortunately, external circumstances prevented this re-evaluation of the wound and the patient’s clinical possibilities. After a short period off Acapsil, the wound started to break down due to the use of an antiseptic. See below. She was, consequently, put back on Acapsil treatment again in November 2017. During the following months, the wound continued to reduce in size whilst the Acapsil kept the adjacent infection at bay.

Abscess wound on top of osteomyelitic hip bone. Healthy granulation, healthy skin. 86% reduction in visible wound area. Following MPPT treatment, the soft tissue infiltration, i.e. infection, is now reduced to permit tertiary intention healing, i.e. removal of the infected bone followed by surgical closure of the wound. Septicaemia at start. Sepsis prevented. Pic. 20.06.2018 Cause: Cancer radiation-therapy 35 years prior created an abscess. First misdiagnosed as pressure ulcer / pressure sore.   Abscess wound on top of osteomyelitic hip bone. Healthy granulation, healthy skin. 86% reduction in visible wound area. Following MPPT treatment, the soft tissue infiltration, i.e. infection, is now reduced to permit tertiary intention healing, i.e. removal of the infected bone followed by surgical closure of the wound. Septicaemia at start. Sepsis prevented. Pic. 20.06.2018 Cause: Cancer radiation-therapy 35 years prior created an abscess. First misdiagnosed as pressure ulcer / pressure sore.

The patient now engaged with a consultant surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who evaluated the wound itself and the soft tissue in the entire area, i.e. down along the femur, the entire right buttock region and the area along the spine. He judged the degree of infection, (tissue infiltration) to be sufficiently small and controlled, to make possible the surgical removal of the infected entire hip-bone, followed by closure of the wound. This procedure was performed in stages during October-November 2018. See picture below from 15th Oct.Abscess wound closed by tertiary intention after MPPT has removed the extensive infection in the soft tissue surrounding the infected bone which has now been surgically removed. The wound is stitched awaiting plastic surgery. Intention is flap grafting. MPPT is indicated also post-surgery, to ensure the graft takes and to prevent infection in the deeper areas. Pic. 15.10.2018. Cause: Cancer radiation-therapy 35 years prior created an abscess. First misdiagnosed as pressure ulcer / pressure sore.

MPPT is indicated also post-surgery, to ensure the graft takes and to prevent infection in the deeper areas.

Due to the extent of the surgical procedure, it was necessary to permit for a short period of rest before, the final plastic follow up with flap operation. This was performed in December 2018 and the patient arrived home in time for Christmas.

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