Q: Dr. Eppley,I have read that you are familiar with using platelet-rich plasma. (PRP) I have an unusual inquiry. In certain countries in Europe, they inject PRP into the nasal lining and sidewalls and turbinates to restore function and regrowth of the lining. I can send the article and I was wondering if you could do this. They say it adds volume and helps the lining function better from prior surgery.
A: I have read many ‘unconventional’ uses for PRP, but must admit that I am unfamiliar with its potential use in the nasal linings. As an autologous material, its use there would certainly be safe with no untoward effects. I could not attest, obviously, to its effectiveness for this use and would be happy to review any article that reports on it. Doing the procedure would be no different than any other PRP procedure using a 60cc blood draw from the patient. Centrifugation of the extract is then done to create an approximate 3cc concentrate of platelets.
Dr. Barry Eppley