A new absorbable collagen membrane to reduce adhesions in cardiac surgery

Academic Article


  • Reduction of sternal adhesions is still an issue in cardiac surgery. To evaluate a new fibrillar porcine collagen absorbable membrane (Cova™ CARD), 16 sheep underwent a sternotomy followed by scratching of surface of the heart. They were then divided into three groups: pericardium left opened (n=4), placement of Seprafilm®, the reference absorbable substitute (hyaluronic acid and carboxymethylcellulose, n=6) or of Cova™ CARD membrane (n=6). Four months thereafter, the animals underwent repeat sternotomy and were macroscopically assessed for the degree of resorption of the material and the intensity of adhesions. Explanted hearts were blindly evaluated for the magnitude of the inflammatory response and fibrosis. The Cova™ CARD membrane was almost totally absorbed by four months and replaced by a loosely adherent tissue. There was no inflammatory reaction and both the extent and density of fibrosis were minimal. The composite score (median [min;max]) integrating tightness of adhesions and histological findings of inflammation and fibrosis was two-fold lower in the Cova™ CARD than in the Seprafilm® group (2.0 [0;3.5] vs. 5.5 [3;7], P=0.01 by Wilcoxon test). The Cova™ CARD membrane might represent an attractive pericardial substitute for preventing postoperative adhesions in cardiac surgery.
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  • Bel A; Kachatryan L; Bruneval P; Peyrard S; Gagnieu C; Fabiani JN; Menasché P
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  • 213
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  • 216
  • Volume

  • 10
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  • 2