enzymatic debridement

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to enzymatic debridement: mechanical debridement, Santyl, autolytic debridement

enzymatic debridement

the use of nonirritating, nontoxic vegetable enzymes to remove dead tissue from a wound without destroying normal tissue.


[Fr.] the removal of all foreign material and all contaminated and devitalized tissues from or adjacent to a traumatic or infected lesion until surrounding healthy tissue is exposed.

block débridement
a method in which the wound is packed with gauze or toweling, sutured together and then the entire mass is removed surgically. Usually reserved for badly damaged tissues.
enzymatic débridement
use of enzymes such as trypsin and chymotrypsin, usually applied topically, to achieve débridement.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Enzymatic debridement involves the use of topical ointments that digest necrotic tissue.