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B. Willem Schreurs, MD, PhD; J.J. Chris Arts, MSc; Pieter Buma, PhD; Nico Verdonschot, PhD
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 May 01;88(5):1162-1163
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B.W. Schreurs, J.J.C. Arts, P. Buma, and N. Verdonschot reply:We thank Mr. Board for his interest in our paper and for giving us the opportunity to provide information about our treatment of bone allografts. We agree that this is a clinically relevant and important topic.We started to perform bone impaction grafting on the acetabular side in 1979, and from the beginning we never washed the grafts. Hence, all of our long-term reports of the results of procedures on the acetabular side are based on unwashed fresh-frozen morsellized bone allografts6. When we began the current study on femoral bone impaction grafting in 1991, we continued that practice and so the bone grafts used in this femoral study were not washed.
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