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Hospital told to stop skin therapy

THE Xuhui District Health Bureau has ordered privately owned Shanghai Wanzhong Hospital to immediately stop offering a skin rejuvenation treatment since it is not allowed under current rules.

Shanghai Elikeme Medical Cosmetology Hospital in Zhabei District is also under investigation for giving patients the same platelet rich plasma injections.

Officials from the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday PRP injections have not yet been sanctioned by the Ministry of Health even though they are used in other countries and regions to remove wrinkles, rejuvenate skin and treat sports injuries.

"We will warn and fine hospitals for violations once the investigation has been completed," said Song Guofan, a bureau official.

Under PRP therapy, a patient's own blood is taken and using centrifugation, the plasma and platelets are separated. The platelets are then injected back into the body along with plasma to remove wrinkle and rejuvenate skin.

Platelets contain growth factors and speed tissue healing, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase connective tissue, bone density and the production of new blood cells.

Dr Ye Xinhai from Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital said PRP therapy is still new, but that it is already popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"Its effects aren't as good as clinics have claimed," he said. "Public hospitals don't offer such therapy while private hospitals may do it for profit."

An industry insider said PRP therapy is available in some private hospitals, which combine a patient's plasma and platelets along with cosmetic implants for better results.

"Such therapy is welcome due to its quicker effects and lower risk compared with plastic surgery," the insider said.

Local health officials said PRP injections have sparked public concern after one person died and three others were left in a critical condition after undergoing a riskier procedure in Hong Kong.

A 46-year-old woman died on October 10, one week after receiving DC-CIK therapy at the DR Beauty Center in Hong Kong. The others went into septic shock, a form of acute and severe blood infection.

The DC-CIK procedure involves the concentration and processing of blood taken from a person and subsequent infusion of a mixture back into their body. Medical experts said blood can become contaminated during processing, putting patients at risk.


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