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Authors Hirano S, Bless DM, Nagai H, Rousseau B, Welham NV, Montequin DW, Ford CN
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Journal Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. Volume: 113 Issue: 10 Pages: 777-85
Publish Date 2004 Oct
PubMed ID 15535139
Abstract

Vocal fold scarring remains a therapeutic challenge. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has strong antifibrotic activity and has proved to have therapeutic potential in restoration of scar tissues such as liver cirrhosis and lung fibrosis. The present study aimed to clarify the effects of HGF injection into scarred vocal folds in a canine model. Canine vocal folds were stripped unilaterally and treated with intracordal injection of saline solution (sham group), HGF (HGF group), or HGF with cultured autologous normal vocal fold fibroblasts (Fb/HGF group) 1 month after injury. The larynges were harvested 6 months after the initial injury and then subjected to vibratory and histologic examination. The results of vibratory examinations in the excised larynx setup revealed that phonation threshold pressure significantly increased and vocal efficiency was significantly reduced in all treated groups as compared to normal data obtained from normal canine larynges. However, the HGF group presented much better results than both the sham and Fb/HGF groups in terms of mucosal wave amplitude and incidence of vocal fold bowing, glottal incompetence, and phase asymmetry. The histologic data indicated a significant increase of collagen in both the sham and Fb/HGF groups, while normal levels of collagen were found in the HGF group. Tissue contraction of the lamina propria was also observed in both the sham and Fb/HGF groups, but was barely detectable in the HGF group. Although the HGF-treated vocal folds appeared to require more driving forces for vibration, HGF might prevent excessive collagen deposition and tissue contraction and thus reduce the effects of scarring on the vibratory properties of the vocal folds. From these data it is concluded that HGF has considerable potential in the treatment of vocal fold scarring.

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