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Bone cement and the implications for anaesthesia

By Gautam Khanna Fcarcsi


Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was devel-oped in 1928 and was first marketed under the name of ‘Plexiglas’. Since then, PMMA has been used in a huge number of applications, in-cluding transparent glass substitutes in windows, semiconductor research, and for the bodies of electric guitars. PMMA has a good degree of biocompatibility, which has made it an important component of replacement intra-ocular lenses, dentures, and dental filling com-posite materials. In orthopaedic surgery, PMMA bone cement is used to affix implants and to remodel lost bone. The medical orthopaedic use of PMMA is universally credited to Sir John Charnley, wh

Year: 2016
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