Prospective trial of autologous conditioned plasma versus hyaluronan plus corticosteroid for elbow osteoarthritis in dogs.

Franklin SP, Cook JL.
Can Vet J
2013 Sep

This prospective, randomized, double-blinded trial compared outcomes in dogs with bilateral elbow osteoarthritis (OA) treated with hyaluronan plus methylprednisolone (HA + S) or autologous conditioned plasma (ACP(®); Arthrex). An investigator blinded to the treatments graded lameness (0-4) before and 6 months after a single injection with either HA + S or ACP. Clients were blinded to treatment and completed a validated survey before and 1, 6, 12, and 24 weeks after injection. Ten dogs (5 per group) completed all parts of the study. Pre-treatment lameness grades were 1.2 ± 0.97 for HA + S and 1.8 ± 1.1 for ACP and were not different between groups. Post-treatment lameness grades were 0.4 ± 0.55 for HA + S and 0.8 ± 0.64 for ACP with significant (P < 0.05) improvement with either treatment but without differences between groups. Client-based assessments demonstrated improvements in activity, lameness, and pain with HA + S and ACP. These data suggest that both treatments have beneficial effects for dogs with bilateral elbow OA.