Endogenous ionic currents traverse intact and damaged bone.

  title={Endogenous ionic currents traverse intact and damaged bone.},
  author={Richard Ben Borgens},
  volume={225 4661},
Living bone drives an electric current through itself and into sites of damage. Such "fracture currents" consist of two components: an intense, decaying current dependent on bone deformation and a stable, persistent current driven by a cellular battery. The latter is carried by chloride ions and, to a lesser extent, by sodium, magnesium, and calcium ions. Endogenous fracture currents are of the same polarity and similar magnitude as clinically applied currents that are successful in treating… CONTINUE READING

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