Tissue Allografts: Source and Distribution Concerns

AAOS Biological Implants Committee addresses recent media reports

Ross M. Wilkins, MD, and Steven Gitelis, MD

Recently, a fair amount of media attention, particularly through radio and Internet sources, has focused on allograft tissue. These reports concentrated on the source of human allograft tissue and its eventual use with respect to the informed consent of the donor’s families. Although most of the material presented was factual, the overall messages were that allograft tissue may be unsafe due to its source and that many tissues are used inappropriately.

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