Mucopolysaccharide–cartilage complex

Mucopolysaccharide–cartilage complex

Mucopolysaccharide–cartilage complex (MCC) is a healing ointment derived from bovine trachea. It is a complex mixture containing naturally occurring biologically active substances present in living cartilage.

John F. Prudden, discovered the clinical value of MCC in 1954, when he was an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. As part of a study to reverse the negative effects of corticosteroids on wound healing, Dr. Prudden applied MCC powder to open wounds. The MCC accelerated wound healing and reduced inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

A clinical trial of MCC in the treatment of inflammation and the promotion of healing after facial laser resurfacing found MCC to be superior to standard treatments.[1]


  1. ^ Tanzi EL, Perez M (April 2002). "The effect of a mucopolysaccharide-cartilage complex healing ointment on Er:YAG laser resurfaced facial skin". Dermatol Surg 28 (4): 305–8. doi:10.1046/j.1524-4725.2002.01130.x. PMID 11966786.