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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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RANZANI, J.J.T. et al. Biocompatibility and biodegradability of poly-latic-co-glycolatic microparticles in the infectious keratitis in rabbits. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.64, n.5, pp.1169-1176. ISSN 0102-0935.

The biocompatibility and biodegradability of the controlled delivery system of Poly-Latic-Co-Glucolatic (PLGA) in the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus keratitis with ciprofloxacin in rabbits were evaluated. Twenty rabbits divided into four groups (G) were used. G1, G3 and G4 animals were inoculated with bacterial 2.5µL (108CFU) in the corneal stroma, and G2 animals did not receive the application of inoculum. The treatment was performed with basic saline solution in G1 rabbits, micro particles of PLGA containing ciprofloxacin in G2 and G4 animals, and ciprofloxacin eye drops in G3 rabbits. Swab and biopsy of the ocular surface were collected for culture. Only one animal in G1 had positive culture for S. aureus in the processed material. Histological examination showed a bacterial presence in all animals in G1 and two animals in G3. Inflammatory reaction was noted at the application site of the controlled release. Data analysis showed that treatment with micro particles of PLGA was effective in treating bacterial keratitis, completely eliminating the presence of S. aureus, but it was not being completely biocompatible and biodegradable after five days.

Keywords : rabbit; controlled delivery system; keratitis; Staphylococcus aureus.

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