Control of Sterility in Bone Banking with Irradiation

  • P. Hernigou
  • G. Delepine
  • D. Goutallier
Conference paper


Among all the complications of bone allografts surgery, infection is the most frequent and one of the most devastating. One of the major problems experienced by those who collect and store humoral tissues for clinical transplantation is the control of sterility [3, 4]. This report studies the incidence of sterilization by irradiation in 90 massive allografts (of more than 7 cm) with a follow-up of at least 6 months.


Clinical Transplantation Osteosynthesis Material Metallic Prosthesis Massive Allograft Multiorgan Donor 
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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Hernigou
    • 1
  • G. Delepine
    • 1
  • D. Goutallier
    • 1
  1. 1.Hôpital Henri MondorCreteilFrance

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