The Use of Bovine Collagen-glycosaminoglycan Matrix for Atypical Lower Extremity Ulcers

Caitlin S. Garwood, Paul J. Kim, Vinay Matai, John S. Steinberg, Karen K. Evans, Carol Deane B. Mitnick, Christopher E. Attinger

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The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of bovine collagen-glycosaminoglycan matrix on atypical lower extremity ulcers. A retrospective chart review was performed on patients who underwent application of bovine collagen matrix to a lower extremity ulcer with an atypical etiology including autoimmune disease, sickle cell anemia, radiation therapy, connective tissue disease, vasculitis, or coagulopathy from January 2009 to October 2014. The following outcomes were evaluated: rate of ulcer healing and closure, number of ulcers that received a split-thickness skin graft, improvement in pain, and complications related to the ulcer. Thirty-eight patients with 71 lower extremity ulcers were analyzed. The most common ulcer etiolo-gies included rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia, and coagulopa-thy. After application of the bovine collagen matrix, 30 (42.3%) ulcers healed at a mean of 220.9 days. Of the 71 ulcers, 26 (36.6%) re-ceived a split-thickness skin graft after application of the matrix and 17 (65.4%) of those went on to complete healing. Ten patients had a local infection noted during follow-up, and 5 patients had dehiscence or dissociation of the matrix. Atypical lower extremity ulcers, such as those caused by autoimmune diseases and sickle cell anemia, proved difficult to heal. This case series shows that bovine collagen matrix can be a successful adjunctive therapy for the treatment of these challenging ulcers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-305
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bovine collagen matrix
  • autoimmune disease
  • chronic ulcers
  • pyoderma gangrenosum
  • radiation
  • rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical


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