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.
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Dr. Ostergard gives medicolegal consultations and testimony and is a speaker/consultant for Astellas. Dr. Azadi has nothing to disclose.
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Ostergard, D.R., Azadi, A. To mesh or not to mesh with polypropylene: does carcinogenesis in animals matter?. Int Urogynecol J 25, 569–571 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00192-013-2239-z
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