|About this Abstract
||2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||2022 Technical Division Student Poster Contest
||SPU-4: Medical Applications of Polymer Coated Cannulas
||Catalina Lizarazo, Christopher Batich, Malisa Sarntinoranont, Nagarajan Rajagopal, Katherine Ryland, Kenna Hildenbrand
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
This project investigates the possibility of polymer coated cannulas being used during lymphedema treatments. Previously used to minimize backflow for drug delivery and cell migration in biopsy applications, polymer coated cannulas have the potential to serve as a less invasive alternative to treating lymphedema. The objective is to create a coating that will swell and remain in place when inserted in the lymph node area. The tube that is left behind must be biocompatible so that surrounding cells will grow and attach to perform as a pseudo vessel and help maintain lymphatic flow and potentially facilitate vessel re-growth. Testing is being done on current coatings using a texture analyzer to observe the release behavior upon cannula removal. Additionally, coatings will be tested for biocompatibility through cell culture assays.