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Title: 
Negative pressure wound therapy: the past and the future
Author(s): 
M.L. GO, M. OR, B. VAN GOETHEM, A. KITSHOFF, E. ABMA, H. DE ROOSTER
Abstract: 

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) involves the application of negative pressure on a woundbed for its positive effects on wound healing. Indications for NPWT concern various types of wounds, skingrafts and flaps, partial-thickness burns, open abdomen management and closed incisions.Negative pressure wound therapy has been used for centuries in human medicine. Its first use datesback to the Roman era (around 27 BCE) when human generated pressures were used. Later, Europeanand Russian physicians developed various advanced methods and systems to apply negative pressureon wounds or other injuries. The on-going positive findings in human medicine triggered researchers inveterinary medicine to apply this technique on animal patients.However, much still has to be investigated regarding NPWT, especially in veterinary medicine, as thereare many factors playing a role in the mechanisms of this treatment. New methods and techniques arecontinuously being developed and the existing studies show great potential for NPWT.

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