This paper is concerned with a three-dimensional model of wound healing. The boundary of the wound is a free boundary, and the region surrounding it is viewed as a partially healed tissue, satisfying a viscoelastic constitutive law for the velocity v. In the partially healed region the densities of several types of cells and the concentrations of several chemical species satisfy a coupled system of parabolic equations, whereas the tissue density satisfies a hyperbolic equation. The parabolic equations include advection by the velocity v and chemotaxis/haptotaxis terms. We prove existence and uniqueness of a smooth solution of the free boundary problem, for some time interval 0 ≤ t ≤ T, T > 0. We also simulate the model equations to demonstrate the difference in the healing rate between normal wounds and chronic (or ischemic) wounds.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B|
|State||Published - Nov 2012|
- Existence and uniqueness of solutions
- Free boundary problems
- Wound healing