Human Placenta in Treatment of Ulcers and of Fistulas.
—Dr. A. Luque Forero recently published an article reporting the use of human placenta in the treatment of fistulas, wounds and varicose ulcers (Medicina y Ciencias Afines, vol. 2, nos. 6 to 9, Bogotá, 1950). The work was based on previous studies by Dr. V. V. Tretyakow and by Drs. R. Darmillac and J. Poinot of Bordeaux, who reported good results from the use of human placenta in the treatment of postoperative gastroduodenal ulcer. Dr. Luque Forero used human placenta in 12 cases of gastrointestinal fistula, eight cases of urogenital fistula, five cases of wounds and seven cases of varicose ulcer. Fresh placental tissue was applied in cases of fistula, and an oily extract of placenta or placental ointment was applied on ulcers and wounds. The results were excellent in most of the cases. There was complete healing in 83 per