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Our most frequently asked questions from our physicians, NP's and their patients are below. They not only tell the story of RxAmnion, but are a great education piece on the world of amniotic membranes.

What is Amniotic Tissue? 

Amniotic tissue makes up the inner most portion of a woman’s placenta during pregnancy. It consists of amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid.

Amniotic membrane is made up of two layers, chorion on the outside and amnion on the inside. The amnion surrounds and contains the amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid surrounds and protects the growing embryo/fetus.


Amniotic tissue contains vital nutrients and growth factors that are essential for fetal growth, protection, and healing.

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*Please note that throughout the site we use the term allograft in lieu of graft. The word graft is often used interchangeably with allograft, however, graft is defined as a piece of living tissue that is transplanted surgically. The word allograft further differentiates that the tissues come from the same species as the recipient but is not genetically identical.

 

References
1 Complements and the Wound Healing Cascade: An Updated Review. Hani Sinno and S atya Prakash. Plast Surg Int. 2013; 2013: 146764
2 Amniotic Fluid: Not Just Fetal Urine Anymore. Mark A Underwood, William M Gilbert, Michael P Sherman. Journal of Perinatology. 2005; 25: 341-348
3 Growth factors and cytokines in wound healing. Barrientos S, Stojadinovic O, Golinko MS, Brem H, Tomic-Canic M. Wound Repair Regen. 2008; 16(5): 585-601
4 The Grafting of Preserved Amniotic Membrane to Burned and Ulcerated Surfaces, Substituting Skin Grafts: A Preliminary Report. Maximilian Stern. JAMA. 1913; 60(13): 973-974
5 Immunological characteristics of amniotic epithelium. Hori J, Wang M, Kamiya K, Takahashi H, Sakuragawa N. Cornea. 2006; 25(10): S53-58
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