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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Burlini D. 1, Negrini S. 2, Farè M. 3, Rebuffini E. 1, Merulla V. E. 1
1 Paediatric Maxillo-Facial Surgery Unit Children's Hospital, Spedali Civili Brescia, Brescia, Italy
2 Maxillo-Facial Surgery Unit Spedali Civili Brescia, Brescia, Italy
3 Regional Musculoskelatal Tissue Bank Gaetano Pini'' Orthopaedic Hospital, Milan, Italy
Aim. The use of homologous bone to reconstruct mandibular cystic lesions was evaluated in children through clinical and radiological analysis.
Methods. 13 patients (age range 7-14 years) with mandibular cystic lesions, in whom lyophilised homologous bone (chips or strips) froni the Regional Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank was used for reparative surgery, were evaluated by examining radiological images at 12 months.
Results. The aspect of the grafted bone was comparable to that of the surrounding area, and normal mandibular morphology had been restored.
Conclusion. It may be concluded that, in consideration of the organic characteristics of homologous bone, and the difficulty in children of harvesting sufficient autologous bone to repair extensive bone lesions, homologous bone is an encouraging alternative to autologous bone.