Dexamethasone and concentrated growth factors on peripheral nerve injury: A clinic-relevant animal study


Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Background: Mandibular nerve injury is a common clinical condition that affects clinicians’ management and patients’ quality of life. In the literature, there are various effective treatments available. The primary purpose of this study was to determine and compare the effects of dexamethasone and concentrated growth factor (CGF) on regeneration in patients with nerve trauma that mimics clinical situations. Methods: In this study, 36 rats were divided into 3 groups: the control, dexamethasone and CGF groups. The inferior alveolar nerve was traumatized through the extraction socket after mandibular molar tooth extraction in each group. Results: The data showed a decrease in the control (4.5–4), dexamethasone (3–2), and CGF (4–3) groups according to the histological injury severity score (HISS) results. Compared with those in the other groups, the number of degenerative axons and edematous areas observed via histological examination were significantly lower in the CGF groups. Similarly, compared with those in the control group, the nNOS and Neurofilament-H positivity in the dexamethasone group on the 30th day (2,2 to 1,1 respectively) was significantly lower. The positivity of all the primary antibodies in the 3rd and 30th day CGF groups was significant compared than that in the dexamethasone 30th day group. Conclusion: According to the results of the analysis of the immunohistopathological and HISS data, the CGF groups exhibited greater regeneration than did the dexamethasone groups.