Hyaluronan-based antiadhesive membrane has no major effect on intraperitoneal growth of colonic tumour cells

C.J.J.M. Sikkink, V.A. Postma, M.M.P.J. Reijnen, B. de Man, R.P. Bleichrodt, H. van Goor*

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Background: A relationship between post-surgical adhesion formation and peritoneal tumour implantation has been proposed. Hyaluronan (HA)-based agents reduce adhesion formation, but the effect on peritoneal tumour is not established. This study investigated the influence of a HA-containing agent on intraperitoneal tumour in an experimental model.

Methods: 66 Balb/c mice underwent laparotomy and damage was inflicted to the parietal peritoneum. The animals were randomized into five groups. Groups 1 and 2 received HA-carboxymethylcellulose bioresorbable membrane and no treatment, respectively. Mice in groups 3-5 were injected intraperitoneally with 105 colon 26-B cells after the laparotomy. Treatment consisted of HA membrane, no HA agent and placement of HA membrane on the non-traumatized peritoneal wall, respectively. Animals were killed after 14 days; adhesions were scored in groups 1 and 2, and the tumour mass in groups 3-5. 45 Wag/Rij rats underwent the same procedures and treatment as mice in groups 3-5. In rats, 10 6 CC-531 cells were injected. Rats were killed after 3 weeks and the tumour mass was scored.

Results: HA membrane resulted in a significant reduction of adhesions, but had no major effect on the intraperitoneal tumour mass in mice and rats.

Conclusion: HA-carboxymethylcellulose bioresorbable membrane has no major effect on intraperitoneal tumour implantation and growth in an experimental model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Surgical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesions
  • Hyaluronan
  • Peritoneal tumour implantation
  • Peritoneum
  • Tumour, Balb/c mouse model
  • Tumour, WAG/Rij rat model

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