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acellular dermal matrix, diabetes, diabetic foot ulcer, ulcer, wound healing



  1. Cazzell, Shawn DPM, FAPWCA, FAPWH
  2. Moyer, Peter M. DPM, FACFAS, AAPWCA
  3. Samsell, Brian BS
  4. Dorsch, Kimberly BS, CCRP, CRCP
  5. McLean, Julie PhD
  6. Moore, Mark A. PhD


OBJECTIVE: This prospective, multicenter study evaluated the efficacy and safety of an acellular dermal matrix allograft, DermACELL (D-ADM; LifeNet Health, Virginia Beach, Virginia), in the treatment of large, complex diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) that probed to tendon or bone.


METHODS: Inclusion criteria were Wagner grade 3 or 4 DFUs between 4 weeks and 1 year in duration. All participants received one application of D-ADM at baseline and could receive one additional application if wound healing arrested. Ulcers were assessed weekly for 16 weeks using a laser measuring device.


RESULTS: Sixty-one participants were enrolled, with an average wound area of 29.0 cm2; 59 of these ulcers showed exposed bone. The entire per-protocol population (n = 47) achieved 100% granulation. The mean time to 100% granulation was 4.0 weeks with an average of 1.2 applications of D-ADM. Mean percent wound area reduction was 80.3% at 16 weeks. Those DFUs 15 cm2 or smaller were substantially more likely to close than DFUs larger than 29 cm2 (P = .0008) over a 16-week duration. No complications were associated with the use of the studied matrix.


CONCLUSIONS: The D-ADM demonstrated the ability to rapidly reduce the size of large, complex DFUs with exposed bone. Some wounds did not completely heal by 16 weeks; however, the significant reduction in size suggests that these large, complex wounds may heal if given more time.