Influence of embalming on cadaveric joint mobility

James P. Walker, Gordon Reford, Quentin A. Fogg

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The use of donated human body in education and research is increasing. With this is an increased interest in methods to best optimise the unique gift of the human body. Soft-fixation techniques such as the Thiel method and Genelyn fluid have been adopted at a number of institutions internationally. One of the top aspirations with these techniques is a more life-like range of joint motion. This study explores the effect of embalming on joint motion, and tests a mobilisation strategy designed to maximise mobility in all donors. The results suggest that a reasonable amount of mobility should be possible in all donors, but Genelyn bodies have excellent range of motion whilst maintaining many of the advantages of a traditionally embalmed donor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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