An investigation of the role of diet and burn injury on wound healing.

Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries

PubMedID: 2031668

Belcher HJ, Ellis H. An investigation of the role of diet and burn injury on wound healing. Burns. 1991;17(1):14-6.
Forty-four rats underwent standard laparotomies and were randomly allocated to four groups according to injury (control or burned) and diet (maintenance or protein depleted). Wound healing was assessed tensiometrically on the 14th postoperative day. The energy intakes of the four groups were comparable. Both injury by burning and protein depletion caused significant weight loss. The peak force applied to the laparotomy wounds was unaltered by burning, but protein depletion caused a significant reduction in wound strength. It is concluded that any impairment in wound healing in burned patients is more likely to result from inadequate feeding rather than the injury itself or any resultant weight loss.