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Prevention of post-surgical abdominal adhesions by a novel biodegradable thermosensitive PECE hydrogel.

Bing Yang, ChangYang Gong, ZhiYong Qian*, Xia Zhao*, ZhengYu Li, XiaoRong Qi, ShengTao Zhou, Qian Zhong, Feng Luo and YuQuan Wei

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Second West China Hospital, and State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610041, China

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BMC Biotechnology 2010, 10:65  doi:10.1186/1472-6750-10-65

Published: 9 September 2010



Post-operative peritoneal adhesions are common and serious complications for modern medicine. We aim to prevent post-surgical adhesions using biodegradable and thermosensitive poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-PCL-PEG, PECE) hydrogel. In this work, we investigated the effect of PECE hydrogel on preventing post-surgical abdominal adhesions in mouse and rat models.


The PECE hydrogel in sol state could be transformed into gel in less than 20 s at 37°C. In addition, the PECE hydrogel could be easily adhered to the damaged peritoneal surfaces, and be gradually degraded and absorbed by the body within 14 days along with the healing of peritoneal wounds. A notable efficacy of the PECE hydrogel in preventing peritoneal adhesions was demonstrated in the animal models. In contrast, all untreated animals developed adhesions requiring sharp dissection. Furthermore, no significant histopathological changes were observed in main organs of the hydrogel-treated animals.


Our results suggested that the thermosensitive PECE hydrogel was an effective, safe, and convenient agent on preventing post-surgical intro-abdominal adhesions.