Cortical bone grafts with muscle pedicles. An experimental study of survival and ability to bridge a bone gap

S. N. Bell, B. J. Dooley, B. McC. O'Brien, N. F. Bright

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A cortical bone graft on a muscle pedicle was taken from the ulna and transferred to bridge a complete defect of the radius in 16 dogs. In 14 control dogs a free graft was used, that is, one without a muscle pedicle. Union in the group with pedicle grafts was far superior to that in the group with free grafts, mainly because in those with pedicle grafts there was good subperiosteal new bone formation from active viable periosteum. In six of the pedicle grafts the viability of some osteocytes was retained over a 12-week period and in five the graft was almost completely replaced by new bone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)804-808
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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