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A pilot study of the value of ceramics for bone replacement

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We report on eight cases in which ceramic implants were used to replace bone grafts. The results of this pilot study show definite usefulness of tricalcium phosphates, whereas hydroxyapatite did not prove suitable.

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Waisbrod, H., Gerbershagen, H.U. A pilot study of the value of ceramics for bone replacement. Arch. Orth. Traum. Surg. 105, 298–301 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00449930

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  • Phosphate
  • Pilot Study
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Bone Graft