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Minerva Chir. 2011 Feb;66(1):63-72.

Equine-derived bone substitutes in orthopedics and traumatology: authors' experience.

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Unit of Orthopedics and Traumatology, "San Bortolo" Hospital, Vicenza, Italy. santinivicenza@libero.it

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the use of equine-derived bone grafts in the treatment of bone loss in a heterogeneous clinical case series.

METHODS:

The study population was 48 patients (29 males and 19 females; mean age, 49 years; range, 9-84); the orthopedic defect site was located on the right side in 22 and on the left side in 26 cases. The graft material was antigen-free equine-derived collagen bone cleaned with an enzymatic treatment.

RESULTS:

Clinical and radiographic healing times were virtually similar; graft osseointegration needed from two to three months longer to heal.

CONCLUSION:

The outcome after grafting with an equine-derived bone substitute was satisfactory. Further study is needed to demonstrate its statistically significant effectiveness in the treatment of orthopedic defects like those in this series.

PMID:
21389926
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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