Human cadaver femoral head homografts for anterior cervical spine fusions

T. I. Malinin, H. L. Rosomoff, C. H. Sutton

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Cylindrical, dowel shaped human cadaver bone homografts from the heads of femurs were excised under sterile conditions. Forty one of these grafts were stored at -80°C and, on thawing, were used in performing anterior cervical spine fusions. Nineteen grafts were freeze dried, stored at room temperature, reconstituted in saline and used in identical fashion. The use of these grafts, rather than those obtained from the ilium, offered several advantages. The grafts could be cut to a desired length of up to 2.5 cm and were composed of a very dense cancellous bone. Graft collapse and graft extrusion were not encountered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-251
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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