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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem vol.22 no.1 Ribeirão Preto Jan./Feb. 2014 

Original Articles

Evaluation of the extract of Zeyheria tuberculosa with a view to products for wound healing 1

Patrícia de Albuquerque Sarmento2 

Terezinha da Rocha Ataíde3 

Ana Paula Fernandes Barbosa4 

João Xavier de Araújo-Júnior5 

Ingrid Martins Leite Lúcio6 

Maria Lysete de Assis Bastos6 

2Doctoral student, Rede do Nordeste de Biotecnologia, Carpina, PE, Brazil. Assitant Professor, Escola de Enfermagem e Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil

3PhD, Associate Professor, Faculdade de Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil

4PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil

5PhD, Associate Professor, Escola de Enfermagem e Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil

6PhD, Adjunct Professor, Escola de Enfermagem e Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil



to evaluate the antimicrobial, cytotoxic and healing activities of the ethanolic extract of the stems of Z. tuberculosa via topical use and/or oral ingestion.


antimicrobial assays in vitro using the disk diffusion method, the Artemia salina toxicity test, and in vivo assays with Wistar rats. From these was collected clinical, histological and biochemical data for evaluating the healing process.


in vitro antimicrobial testing showed activity in relation to Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, with zones of inhibition of 18, 14 and 10 mm, respectively. The best minimum inhibitory concentration was 62.5 µg/ml for S. aureus, this bacteria being chosen for the in vitro assays. Animals treated with the ointments with the extract of Z. tuberculosa showed the best results in the reduction of the wound diameter, data confirmed by the presence of re-epithelialization in the histological samples.


the extract was shown to be promising for the continuation of studies which may identify the active ingredients responsible for the pharmacological activity and its mechanism of action in the process of wound healing, so as to develop a product which may be used as an alternate means in the repair of infected cutaneous wounds.

Key words: Wound Healing; Biological Assay; Vegetal Extracts; Microbial Sensitivity Tests



avaliar as atividades antimicrobiana, citotóxica e cicatrizante do extrato etanólico do caule da Z. tuberculosa por via tópica e/ou ingestão oral.


ensaios antimicrobianos in vitro pelo método de difusão em disco, teste de toxicidade da Artemia salina e ensaios in vivo com ratos Wistar. Nesses foram coletados dados clínicos, histológicos e bioquímicos para avaliação do processo de cicatrização.


ensaios antimicrobianos in vitro mostraram atividade frente à Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus e Staphylococcus epidermidis, com halos de inibição de 18, 14 e 10mm, respectivamente. A melhor concentração inibitória mínima foi 62,5µg/mL para S. aureus, sendo essa bactéria escolhida para os ensaios in vivo. Animais tratados com as pomadas do extrato da Z. tuberculosa apresentaram melhores resultados na redução do diâmetro da ferida, dado confirmado pela presença de reepitelização nos cortes histológicos.


o extrato mostrou-se promissor para a continuação de estudos que identifiquem os princípios ativos responsáveis pela atividade farmacológica e seu mecanismo de ação no processo de cicatrização de feridas, a fim de desenvolver um produto que possa ser utilizado de forma alternativa no reparo de feridas cutâneas infectadas.

Palavras-Chave: Cicatrização; Bioensaios; Extratos Vegetais; Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana



evaluar las actividades antimicrobianas, citotóxicas y cicatrizantes del extracto etanólico del tallo de la Z. tuberculosa por vía tópica y/o ingestión oral.


ensayos antimicrobianos in vitro por el método de difusión en disco, prueba de toxicidad de la Artemia salina y ensayos in vivo con ratones Wistar. En estos fueron recolectados datos clínicos, histológicos y bioquímicos para evaluación del proceso de cicatrización.


los ensayos antimicrobianos in vitro mostraron actividad frente a la Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus y Staphylococcus epidermidis, con halos de inhibición de 18, 14 y 10 mm, respectivamente. La mejor concentración inhibitoria mínima fue 62,5 µg/mL para S. aureus, siendo esta bacteria escogida para los ensayos in vivo. Animales tratados con las pomadas del extracto de la Z. tuberculosa presentaron mejores resultados en la reducción del diámetro de la herida, dato confirmado por la presencia de reepitelización en los cortes histológicos.


el extracto se mostró promisor para la continuación de estudios que identifiquen los principios activos responsables por la actividad farmacológica y su mecanismo de acción en el proceso de cicatrización de heridas, con la finalidad de desarrollar un producto que pueda ser utilizado de forma alternativa en la reparación de heridas cutáneas infectadas.

Palabras-clave: Cicatrización de Heridas; Bioensayo; Extractos de Plantas; Pruebas de Sensibilidad Microbiana


The process of the scarring of wounds involves a cascade of complex events, involving the inflammatory, proliferative and remodeling phases. These phases overlap continuously and temporally. The treatment's success is directly related to the choice of the correct substance to act in each of these stages. However, when there is infection in the wound bed it is necessary to eliminate the infectious process in order to continue with the therapy( 1 ).

In spite of the allopathic hegemony and the predominance of synthetic substances for local and systemic use in wound treatment, one may observe a growing interest in naturalist alternatives, which promote the healing of the wounds. If the therapeutic use of medicinal plants in the care was previously was marginalized by the health institutions, today it is overcoming these barriers to be legitimized in this environment( 2 ).

Brazil is one of the countries which have so-called megadiversity, and possesses approximately 120,000 species of plant. Only 10% of these species, however, have been studied from the phytochemical and biological viewpoint( 3 ). The plants of the Bignoniaceae family, in which the species Zeyheria tuberculosa (Z. tuberculosa) is included, are considered important because among their constituents they present bio-active ingredients and various pharmacological activities, and are included in traditional medicine for treatment of conditions such as cancer, snakebite, skin diseases, gastro-intestinal disorders, respiratory tract disorders, gynecological conditions, hepatic disorders, epilepsy, cholera, pain, urinary problems, malaria, cardiac problems, and sexually transmitted diseases( 3 - 4 ).

The perspective of use of the extract of the stems of Z. tuberculosa arose from a study( 5 ) in which was proven its antimicrobial activity regarding Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans, in in vitro bioassays. That research also isolated and identified four flavonoids, three of which were described for the first time for this genus. The flavonoids are compounds found in some foods, barks, stems, roots, stalks, and flowers, possessing innumerable pharmacological activities, such as anti-oxidants, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, vasodilators, wound-healing and regenerating cartilage and bone( 5 - 6 ). With the objective of extending the possibilities for therapeutic resources for the treatment of cutaneous wounds, based on experimental research, this study proposes to evaluate the in vitro antimicrobial and in vitro wound-healing activity of the raw ethanolic extract of the stems of Z. tuberculosa by topical and/or oral means.


The plant and the preparation of the extracts

The plant species Zeyheria tuberculosa (Vell.) Bur. (Bignoniaceae) was collected by the research group and identified by the Institute for the Environment of the State of Alagoas (IMA), where the exsiccata was deposited under number 23,819.

For the preparation of the extract, the stem was dried at ambient temperature, ground, and placed in ethanol 90%. After 15 days, the solvent was evaporated in a rotary evaporator, under vacuum, at a maximum temperature of 45 °C, until it reached a constant volume. This process of rotary evaporation took place through three cycles, until a clear residue was obtained, which remained exposed in a fume hood until all the solvent contained had volatilized and the raw concentrated extract was obtained.

Evaluation of the in vitro antimicrobial activity and the Determination of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)

The antimicrobial activity of the extract of the stem was tested in triplicate, by the disk diffusion method( 7 ), using bacterial and fungal strains standardized and distributed by the American Type Cell Collection (ATCC). The bacterial strains tested were Streptococcus pyogenes (ATCC 19615), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), Staphylococcus epidermidis (ATCC 12228), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27853), Proteus mirabilis (ATCC 49565), Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC 31488) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 14942). As a fungal strain, Candida albicans (ATCC 10231) was tested. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined from the sample which presented activity and was chosen for continuation of the study, the MIC being defined based on serial dilutions of the active extract. The experiments were undertaken in triplicate.

Toxicity for Artemia salina Leach (TAS)

The bioassay with Artemia salina was undertaken in accordance with the literature( 5 ). Artemia salina L. is a microcrustacean which can be used in the laboratory in preliminary bioassays to determine the toxicity of extracts and products of natural origin with biological action potential. The test is carried out with second instar larvae (nauplii), extracts being considered toxic if they induce mortality greater than or equal to 30%.

Experimental animals or groups

The in vitro assays were undertaken with 24 adult male rats (Rattus norvegicus albinus - Wistar strain), respecting the Ethical Principles in Animal Experimentation. The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Federal University of Alagoas (Nº 009880/2009-77).

The rats were weighed and separated by the probabilistic method of random sampling into six groups (n= 4), identified based on the therapy: Positive Control (PC); Negative Control (NC); Topical Extract (TE); Topical and Oral Extract (TOE); Oral Extract (OE) and Vehicle Control (VC). The animals were kept in polyethylene cages, one animal in each cage, each lined with sawdust, in a photoperiod of 12 hours of light and darkness, with minimal noise, and at an ambient temperature of 21 ± 1°C, maintained by air conditioning. The animals were fed with commercial feed (Labina(r), Purina, Brasil), with monitoring of the ingestion, and water "ad libitum".

Ointments for topical use

The ointments used in this experiment were prepared by a pharmacist and all were produced from a non-ionic base without preservatives. For the PC, 0.1% gentamycin was added to the above-mentioned base, in the standard concentration for use with humans. In the TE and TOE groups, 5% of the extract was added to the non-ionic base, and for the NC and OE groups, the non-ionic base alone was used.

Extract for oral use

A tincture was prepared with the raw ethanolic extract of the stem of Z. tuberculosa, in the concentration of 1mg/ml, a value determined based on the results of the MIC and the TAS to be added to the food of the animals in groups TOE and OE, which received the extract orally.

1mL of tincture was added to each pellet of feed in these groups, and after 24 hours of evaporation of the ethanol, in a drying oven at a temperature of 25ºC, was offered to the animals daily, with their ingestion being monitored.

Biological assays for evaluation of wound healing and antimicrobial activity in vivo

The body weight of each animal was ascertained for the monitoring and calculation of the anesthesia. Sodium thiopental was used at 40 mg/Kg of weight, via intraperitoneal injection. Following this, their temperatures were verified rectally, epilation was undertaken of their backs, skin antisepsis with performed with chlorhexidine 2%, and, with a metal punch, four 12 mm para-vertebral excision wounds were made, based on the medial dorsal line, down to the level of the aponeurotic tissue, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1  Lesions on the back of animal n. D0 

After the excisions were made, each lesion received 0.25 µL of a suspension containing 1.5 x 106 CFU/mL of S. aureus, to infect the aponeurotic tissue superficially. Following that, the lesions were covered with gauze and sterile dressings, and the researchers waited 24 hours to carry out a culture swab of the four lesions and to start the therapy.

The animals were assessed every 24 hours for 14 days, for clinical observation of the lesions, in relation to the presence of: adverse effects, perilesional irritation, scar retraction, and dressing the wounds, in accordance with the group's treatment. All the data was recorded in pre-established protocols.

On the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 14th post-operative days (POD) the wound areas were measured with digital calipers, and on each occasion, removing a fragment of one of the lesions for histopathological evaluation. On the last day of the experiment, all the animals were anesthetized and euthanized with thoracotomy, and cardiac puncture was undertaken, removing 4 ml of blood for analysis of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, in addition to the liver, for microscopic analysis of the hepatotoxicity of the extract.

Histological analysis

All the material removed for microscopic examination was numbered, without the identification of the group to which it belonged, and was fixed using a 10% formaldehyde solution. The samples were dehydrated and diaphanized in alcohol and xylol, included and embedded in warmed paraffin. After hardening, the blocks were taken for microtomy, for the obtaining of sections of 5 µm, these being collected on glass slides and stained with Hemotoxylin and Eosin stain.

The analysis of the material used a reference points the inflammatory, proliferative and remodeling phases, which make up the process of healing. For analysis of the results, Table 1 was prepared, with scores based on the literature( 5 , 8 ). The intensity of the variables (1+ to 5+) was multiplied by positive or negative factors based on their importance for the healing. The sum of these products corresponded to the total score for each animal, which was later multiplied by 4 (n).

Table 1  Scores used for evaluation of the histopathological test 

Variables Absent Present Mild Moderate Intense Factor
Scab +1 +2 - - - -1
Acute inflammation - - +3 +4 +5 -4
Chronic inflammation - - +3 +4 +5 +2
Granulation tissue - - +3 +4 +5 +5
Fibroblast proliferation - - +3 +4 +5 +5
New blood vessels - - +3 +4 +5 +5
Re-epithelialization - - +3 +4 +5 +5
Collagen fibers +1 +2 - - - +10

Statistical tests

The data was analyzed using the program GraphPad InStat(r). The numerical variables were evaluated using the ANOVA test with two interaction factors, with Tukey's post-hoc test for analysis of the effect between the groups. For the non-parametric data, the Mann-Whitney test was used. The level of significance established was 5% (p < 0.05).


Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity and determination of the MIC

The raw extract of the stem of Z. tuberculosa did not demonstrate activity for the fungus tested, but it was active against the S. pyogenes, S. aureus and S. epidermidis bacteria, as shown in Table 2. S. aureus was the microorganism chosen for continuation of the tests, because it is important in the occurrence of nosocomial infections, mainly in integumentary infections, as well as presenting a zone of inhibition with approximately 50% of the size of the positive control's zone of inhibition( 9 - 10 ). The extract's MIC for this microorganism was 62.5 µg/mL.

Table 2  Result of disk diffusion with the raw extract of the stem of Z. tuberculosa for bacterial and fungal strains 

Micro-organisms Products tested/size of zone of inhibition (mm)
Positive control Extract
Streptococcus pyogenes 35 18.6*
Klebsiella pneumoniae 30 -
Escherichia coli 32 -
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 33 -
Staphylococcus epidermidis 32 10*
Staphylococcus aureus 30 14*
Proteus mirabilis 19 -
Candida albicans 11 -

(-) Did not present a zone of inhibition of growth *Value of the mean of the triplicate

Toxicity in relation to Artemia salina (TAS)

Following the determination of the MIC, the researchers proceeded to the TAS. According to the criteria determined in this research, the extract was shown to be atoxic in the concentrations between 100 and 10 µg/mL. The values expressed in the MIC (62.5 µg/ml) and in this study's TAS are in consonance for safe use with this study's animals, this being legitimized by the absence of mortality among the animals during the experiment.

Evaluation of the healing process in vivo

During the experiment, the animals were monitored in relation to their temperature and weight, and the lesions were observed macroscopically, including the measuring of the lesions' diameters. Regarding temperature, on the day of the surgery, (D0) all of the animals had temperatures within the normal range of 36.2 to 37 ºC. From the 3rd to the 7th POD, only the animals in the groups TE and NC presented rises in temperature. The animals' mean temperature varied between 36.2 and 38ºC, not showing a significant difference between the groups (p=0.1116).

The animals in all the groups presented weight oscillation over the 14 days of the experiment. The mean maximum weight was 265.1 grams and the minimum, 208.4 grams. This difference was shown to be significant between the groups NC and TOE, and the groups NC and OE. However, the groups TOE, OE and PC presented a similar pattern.

It was observed that in the pre-operative period, the animals maintained a mean daily ingestion of feed of 24g/day. After the undertaking of the lesions on the backs, however, there was oscillation, the mean ingestion being 18.5 g/day per animal.

In the evaluation of the lesions' diameters, contraction of the wounds was observed from the 3rd POD, although the groups NC and TE did not have this characteristic. From the 7th POD, reduction in the diameter was observed, which was accentuated on the 11th and 14th days. The TOE and OE groups had better responses in terms of the contraction of the wound. The highest mean over the experiment was observed in the TE group, with 7.46 mm, and the lowest, in the TOE group, with 5.21 mm. The Tukey test showed a significant difference between groups NC and TOE, and TE and TOE, as well as between TE and OE.

The macroscopic study allowed the researchers to observe differences between the groups regarding the lesion's color. The lesion's aspect, in relation to the color, clinically reflects the development of the healing process. Yellow coloration indicates infection. This data indicates that the groups treated with Z. tuberculosa had a smaller quantity of animals with this characteristic, showing the extract's antimicrobial activity, whether topically and/or orally. This is corroborated by the scores obtained in the histological study.

From the 11th day onward, yellow or pink coloration was observed in 100% of the animals in the groups PC, TE, TOE and OE, and in 75% of those in group NC, indicating that the phases of granulation and re-epithelialization had started. No animal presented brown coloration, which is an indication of cell death and necrosis.

The phlogistic signs of inflammation, such as perilesional rubor or hyperemia, edema and the presence of exsudate were not observed macroscopically in any of the groups, evidencing that the extract used in the research does not provoke irritation in the perilesional skin, or in the cutaneous lesion. This data, moreover, is corroborated by the scores obtained in the histological study.

Furthermore, macroscopically, in relation to the occurrence of granulation tissue, it was observed that on the 3rd POD, the animals in group TE had 100% of granulation, in those in groups PC and TOE it was 75%, and in those in group OE, it was 50%. These findings confirm that group TE had the best response, which was also legitimized by the scores of the histological study.

Histological evaluation of the lesions

The histological data was collected in accordance with the phases of healing, and was organized in accordance with the scores for quantification. In Table 3 it is possible to observe that the highest means in the scores were obtained by the groups which received the extract, whether topically and/or orally. This difference was shown to be statistically significant between groups NC and TE.

Table 3  The scores of the histopathological study of the wounds infected by S. aureus 

Post-operative days Scores
Positive control Negative control Topical extract Topical and oral extract Oral extract
3rd 87 87 634 372 229
7th 493 293 300 272 842
11th 670 420 1231 1150 812
14th 704 634 1400 1004 1324
Mean 488.5 358.5* 891.25* 699.5 801.8


The analysis of the lesions of the groups TE, TOE and OE treated with the extract of Z. tuberculosa evidenced important findings in the healing process, visualized in Figure 2. On the 3rd day, one can observe acute inflammation with presence of macrophages (2A); on the 7th day, one can identify the granulation tissue, with formation of neovascularization, collagen fibers and the start of epithelialization (2B); on the 11th day, one can see emphasized the collagen fibers (2C).

Figure 2  (A) Photomicrography of a cutaneous wound, topical extract, 3rd day post-surgery (1 macrophages, 2 acute inflammation); (B) Photomicrography of a cutaneous wound, topical and oral extract, 7th day post-surgery (3 epithelialization, 4 neovascularization, 5 collagen fibers, 6 granulation tissue) and (C) Photomicrography of a cutaneous wound, oral extract, 11th day post-surgery (7 collagen fibers) (Magnification 10x, HE) 

The histological analysis of the liver showed an absence of hepatotoxicity in all the groups studied. In the biochemical evaluation, the data was not given as it presented similar parameters for cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose in all the animals in the experiment, it being impossible to establish correlations between these findings and the use of the extract of Z. tuberculosa.


Caring for wounds should be a constant concern for the nurse, as caring for cutaneous lesions with the resources currently existing remains a challenge. In spite of the technological advances, few have access to these, due to their high cost and their limitation to the major urban centers( 11 ). Studies show that the use of plants is becoming a necessity for broadening the therapeutic arsenal in this area and in the reduction in the financial resources spent for the treatment( 12 ). In the present study, the raw ethanolic extract of Z. tuberculosa showed antimicrobial activity in vitro for S. aureus, was shown to be atoxic by the test with Artemia salina, and in vivo had a healing effect for infected excision wounds in rats, this data being promising for the continuation of studies which may elucidate the extract's mechanism of action, as this pathogen is responsible for the majority of infections of the tegumentary system, and is resistant to the majority of the antimicrobials used in clinical practice( 10 ).

In the in vivo experiment, the animals' temperature was little-changed, not passing 38ºC. Even with local infection, proven by the culture of the lesions, the animals did not have systemic consequences. The rise observed was due to the mechanism of healing itself, which leads to an increase in the vascularization through the local inflammatory response, thus increasing the body temperature( 13 ).

Checking the weight is an important nutritional parameter in various experimental studies, being related to wound healing alterations( 14 ). The difference in weight can be directly related to reduction in the daily ingestion of feed, as also by the daily handling, with wound dressing and biopsies undertaken on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 14th days.

The association of weight loss with the inflammatory process itself was described in a study asserting that inflammation produces inflammatory cytokines and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which act as mediators of the inflammation and of the immunity( 6 ). With the serum levels of TNF raised, there is stimulation in the production of a protein called leptin, a rise in which is related to the feeling of fullness. Increased levels of this protein induce the organism to spend energy and reduce the consumption of food, causing lack of appetite and, consequently, weight loss.

The coloring, as a parameter for evaluation of the condition of the wounds, showed that these presented clinical progression within that expected for each stage of wound healing. In the groups which were treated, there was a predominance of pink coloration, which is characteristic of epithelialization, this being the final phase of the tissue repair. This data legitimized the findings which used the barbatimão (stryphnodendron barbatimam) and Pink Ipê (tabebuia impetiginosa) cream in wounds in rats( 15 ) and differed from the study with gel and the glycolic extract of the leaf of the Common Guava (Psidium guajava L.) which did not observe significant difference between the groups treated and that which used saline solution( 16 ).

Macroscopically, the total closure of the lesions did not occur, in all the groups, over the 14 days of the experiment. There was, however, a significant reduction in the diameter in the treated animals, data confirmed by the presence of re-epithelialization in the histological samples. In animals whose skin adheres less to the deeper layers (such as rats), the contraction can reach 80 to 90% closure of cutaneous lesions( 14 ).

The histological analysis allows one to infer that the groups treated with the extract of Z. tuberculosa obtained the best results, when compared with the positive and negative control groups. This is due to the lower inflammatory reaction of the groups treated with the extract. A certain degree of inflammation is necessary, but a heightened inflammatory reaction is harmful, as there can be compromising of the microcirculation and it can also inhibit the formation of fibroblasts( 17 ). The literature also presents similar results with the evaluation of the effects of the topical treatment with cream with a pequi-oil base (Caryocar coriaceum Wittm)( 18 ) and with essential oils of some species of Juniper (Juniperus) a traditional plant in folk medicine in Turkey( 19 ).

The biochemical values of the animals in experiments can be changed, due to the environmental conditions and the stress induced by the procedure itself( 20 ). The results of triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose in the animals studied had similar results to those presented in the literature.


The raw ethanolic extract of Z. tuberculosa has antimicrobial action in vitro for Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. The groups treated with the extract had a result which was similar to that of the positive control in the process of wound healing. Histologically, the animals treated topically had a greater quantity of cells for closing the lesions. This research validates previous studies with this extract and advances by demonstrating the potential healing activity of Z. tuberculosa. This provides encouragement for the continuation of studies, with a view to the identification of the active ingredients which are responsible for the pharmacological activity, and its mechanism of action in the process of wound healing. This will contribute to the development of a product which may be used as an alternative in the repair of infected cutaneous wounds.


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1 Paper extracted from master's thesis "Evaluation of antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo of crude ethanol extract of the stem Zeyheria tuberculosis (vell) Bur. (Bignoniaceae): perspective of a supplement for wound healing", presented to Faculdade de Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, AL, Brazil. Supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), process # 474023/2010-9.


Received: February 14, 2013; Accepted: August 22, 2013

Corresponding Author: Patrícia de Albuquerque Sarmento Universidade Federal de Alagoas. Escola de Enfermagem e Farmácia Rod. 104 Norte, Km 96 Bairro: Tabuleiro do Martins CEP: 57072-970, Maceió, AL, Brasil E-mail:

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