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International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 569–571 | Cite as

To mesh or not to mesh with polypropylene: does carcinogenesis in animals matter?

  • Donald R. OstergardEmail author
  • Ali Azadi
Special Contribution

Abstract

Polypropylene in sheets has been been found to be carcinogenic in some laboratory animals. Although no human carcinogenicity has been reported, long-term follow-up in humans implanted with polypropylene mesh will be important.

Keywords

Polypropylene mesh carcinogenesis Total vaginal polypropylene mesh Material safety data sheet 

Notes

Conflicts of interest

Dr. Ostergard gives medicolegal consultations and testimony and is a speaker/consultant for Astellas. Dr. Azadi has nothing to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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