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Porous alumina ceramic sternum: A reliable option for sternal replacement

Abstract : CONTEXT: To date, there is no gold standard technique for sternum replacement. Current techniques rely on metallic prosthesis, meshes and bars, or bone grafts. However, they have several pitfalls. AIMS: The aim of this article is to report the results of sternal replacement with a porous alumina ceramic sternum. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Surgeries were performed in two teaching hospitals in France. METHODS: We designed a porous alumina ceramic prosthesis which possesses interesting characteristics for this surgery such as great biocompatibility, a certain level of bacterial resistance, radiolucency, and compatibility with radiotherapy. The implant is stitched to the ribs with suture thread and does not require osteosynthesis material. RESULTS: Six patients with a mean age of 60.6 years received this prosthesis. Indication was tumor in five cases and mediastinitis in one case. The mean follow-up is 20 months (3-37 months). No major complication occurred and healing was fine for all patients. Patients did not complain of breathing discomfort or pain related to the prosthesis. CONCLUSIONS: This new technique is promising even if there are only six patients in this study.
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Francois Bertin, Alessandro Piccardo, Eric Denes, Gonzagues Delepine, Jeremy Tricard. Porous alumina ceramic sternum: A reliable option for sternal replacement. Annals of Thoracic Medicine, Medknow Publications, 2018, 13 (4), pp.226. ⟨10.4103/atm.ATM_80_18⟩. ⟨hal-02453710⟩



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