A Comparative Study of the Resorption and Immune Response for Two Starch-Based Hemostat Powders

Héctor Capella-Monsonís, Arthi Shridhar, Bharadwaj Chirravuri, Matthew Figucia, Greg Learn, Keith Greenawalt, Stephen F. Badylak*

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Introduction: Powder hemostats are valuable adjuncts to minimize intraoperative and postoperative complications. In addition to promotion of rapid coagulation, resorption, and biocompatibility are desirable attributes. Plant starch-based polysaccharide hemostat powders are effective and widely used hemostatic agents, however their source and/or processing can affect characteristics such as in vivo degradability. For example, Arista is a purified/hydrolyzed starch powder that is rapidly resorbed in vivo; whereas PerClot shows slow resorption and preservation of a crystalline form. Materials and methods: In the present study, we compared the cellular response to the hemostatic agents PerClot and Arista both in vitro and in vivo, and used potato starch and urinary bladder extracellular matrix (UBM-ECM) as high crystallinity/slowly resorbable and prohealing controls, respectively. Results: All test articles and their degradation products were cytocompatible in vitro as measured by cell viability and metabolic activity of bone-marrow macrophages. PerClot induced a stronger proinflammatory, M1-like macrophage response in vitro (P < 0.001) than Arista, likely due to differences in source composition. Histologic examination of the in vivo surgical site showed the almost complete degradation of Arista after 12 h (day 0), whereas both PerClot and potato starch were still present at 28 d with crystals identifiable with polarized light microscopy and periodic acid Schiff (PAS) staining. Macrophage phenotype in vivo showed no differences between PerClot and Arista. Collagen deposition and mononuclear cell accumulation consistent with an early foreign body response were present around PerClot and potato starch crystals, whereas no such cell or connective tissue deposition was noted at the site of Arista or UBM-ECM placement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-224
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
StatePublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystallinity
  • Hemostat powders
  • Immune reaction
  • Inflammation
  • Starch


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