The bacteriology of bone allografts

TitleThe bacteriology of bone allografts
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsChapman PG, Villar RN
JournalJ Bone Joint Surg Br
Pagination398 - 9
Date PublishedMay
ISSN0301-620X (Print) 0021-9355 (Linking)
Accession Number1587886
Keywords*Bone Transplantation, Adult, Aged, Female, Femur Head / *microbiology, Haemophilus influenzae / isolation & purification, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification, Staphylococcus epidermidis / isolation & purification, Streptococcus / isolation & purification, Transplantation, Homologous

We report the contamination rate in the Cambridge bone bank of 35 consecutive allograft specimens, all harvested in a clean-air environment, using a strict aseptic technique and antibiotic cover. Five of 27 femoral heads taken from living donors and three of eight massive allografts taken from cadavers were found to be contaminated. The contaminated femoral heads were discarded. All massive allografts were rendered sterile by gamma-irradiation. It is important to exclude bacteriological contamination of harvested and banked bone.

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