Topical application of cyclosporine reduces epineurial fibrosis: Gross post-surgical, histopathological and ultrastructural analysis in a rat sciatic nerve model

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ÇETİNALP N. E., Albayrak S. B., İSMAİLOĞLU Ö., Temiz N. C., Solmaz I., TANRIÖVER G., ...More

Turkish Neurosurgery, vol.27, no.6, pp.969-974, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5137/1019-5149.jtn.17871-16.1
  • Journal Name: Turkish Neurosurgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.969-974
  • Keywords: Cyclosporine, Sciatic nerve, Epineurial fibrosis, Rat
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


AIm: To investigate the anti-scarring potential of topical cyclosporine on rat sciatic nerves. Mater Ial and Methods: Both sciatic nerves were exposed in 24 adult male albino Wistar rats, and an abrasion injury was made on the biceps femoris close to the sciatic nerve. Cotton pads soaked with cyclosporine (5 mg/mL) and saline (0.9% NaCl) were placed around the nerves for 10 minutes in the experimental group and control group, respectively. All rats were sacrificed 8 weeks later and the sciatic nerves were examined. Epineurial adhesions were assessed using light and electron microscopy. Quantitative histological parameters, epineurial thickness, and scar density were evaluated in the histological investigation. Results: Significantly fewer epineurial adhesions were observed in the cyclosporine group in the post-surgical assessment, and the histopathological and ultrastructural examinations of the nerve segments than in the controls. The cyclosporine-treated animals had a statistically significant reduction in the density and quantity of epineurial scarring compared with the controls. ConclusIon: Topical cyclosporine effectively reduces epineurial scar formation on rat sciatic nerves.