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Rom J Leg Med27(1)65-68(2019)
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Legal and ethical aspects of Platelet-Rich Plasma

I. B. Codorean, E. Cernat, D. Popescu, R. D. Sinescu, P. Perlea

Abstract: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a widely used alternative option in the treatment of a variety of sports-related injuries in the hopes that the increased levels of autologous growth factors and secretory proteins provided by the concentrated platelets could enhance the biological processes associated with tissue repair and regeneration. There are a lot of good studies on the positive effects of PRP therapy on animals. Many commercial preparation systems are available, but the optimal preparation remains unknown. Increasing numbers of clinical studies evaluating PRP have been reported and have provided both positive and negative evidence for its effectiveness. Well-designed, controlled studies are still lacking, but PRP may have a benefit for patients with sport related injuries. Our question: is it safe to treat patients with PRP therapy if we can’t say to them if it is going to work? In other words, is PRP therapy ethical and legal in sports medicine? We developed an informed consent that explains what technology is, what the doctor is doing, and what the expectations are. Being very honest with the patient regarding the medical information supported by literature, we find this is both ethical and legal.
Keywords: platelet-rich plasma, legal, informed consent.

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