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Bulletin of the Veterinary Institute in Pulawy

The Journal of National Veterinary Research Institute in Pulawy

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Use of Calcium Sulfate as a Biomaterial in the Treatment of Bone Fractures in Rabbits – Preliminary Studies

Tomasz Szponder
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  • Department and Clinic of Animal Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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/ Ewa Mytnik
  • Department of Animal Physiology and Biostructure, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Environmental and Life Sciences, 50-375 Wroclaw, Poland
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Published Online: 2013-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bvip-2013-0022


The paper presents preliminary results of the implantation of calcium sulfate type Hartform HF1 developed at the Institute of Glass and Ceramics in Warsaw. The study was conducted on 10 New Zealand White rabbits, in which after tibial osteotomy the biomaterial was implanted directly into the fracture site. The animals were divided into two groups based on the method of fracture stabilisation: intramedullary pinning using Kirschner wires in one group and acrylic external fixator in the other. After 12 weeks, bone union was observed in all animals as estimated by clinical and radiological findings. Histological tests revealed resorption of the biomaterial into the bone fracture area. It was concluded that type Hartform 1 calcium sulfate can be used as a biomaterial in veterinary orthopedics. Due to the lack of observable side effects during implantation and resorption, the material can be considered as a valuable ingredient in composite biomaterials containing calcium sulfate.

Keywords: animal model; bone fracture; calcium sulfate; bone union

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Published Online: 2013-03-15

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Citation Information: Bulletin of the Veterinary Institute in Pulawy, Volume 57, Issue 1, Pages 119–122, ISSN (Online) 2300-3235, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bvip-2013-0022.

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