Sterilization, toxicity, biocompatibility and clinical applications of polylactic acid/polyglycolic acid copolymers.

@article{Athanasiou1996SterilizationTB,
  title={Sterilization, toxicity, biocompatibility and clinical applications of polylactic acid/polyglycolic acid copolymers.},
  author={Kyriacos A. Athanasiou and Gabriele G. Niederauer and Chandra Mauli Agrawal},
  journal={Biomaterials},
  year={1996},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={93-102}
}
This is a review of salient studies of sterilization, toxicity, biocompatibility, clinical applications and current work in the field of orthopaedics, using implants made of polylactic acid (PLA), polyglycolic acid (PGA) and their copolymers. The intrinsic nature of these biomaterials renders them suitable for applications where temporally slow releases of bioactive agents in situ may be required. They are also desirable as fixation devices of bone, because they can virtually eliminate… CONTINUE READING

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