Electrical Stimulation and Wound Healing

Darryl S. Weiss, Robert Kirsner, William H. Eaglstein

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Living tissues possess direct current surface electropotentials that regulate, at least in part, the healing process. Following tissue damage, a current of injury is generated that is thought to trigger biological repair. In addition, exogenous electrical stimuli have been shown to enhance the healing of wounds in both human subjects and animal models. Intractable ulcers have demonstrated accelerated healing and skin wounds have resurfaced faster and with better tensile properties following exposure to electrical currents. This article examines the bioelectric properties of living systems and reviews the existing literature on electrical stimulation and wound healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-225
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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