The aim of this study is to assess the biocompatibility of two types of Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) screws (with either hydroxiapatite (HA) or β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP)) implanted in the left femur of four sheep euthanized at 42, 50, 57 and 84 days after surgery. Titanium screws were also implanted for comparison purposes. No signs of inflammation were seen in the 240 specimens. A rating of "+/-"for macrophages and "-"for neutrophils was assigned to all specimens. All specimens were assigned a rating which ranged from "+/-" to "+++" for fibroblasts and osteoblasts. The presence of macrophages, neutrophils and fibroblasts/osteoblasts was not statistically different for the four implantation periods. PLLA implants with β-TCP have a biocompatibility comparable to PLLA implants with HA.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|
- Biodegradable implants
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