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Michael D. Maves, MD, Janusz Bardach, MD, and D. Bradley Welling, MD, of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and David E. Schuller, MD, of Ohio State University, Columbus, recently presented a long-term follow-up study on 62 patients who had undergone reconstructive procedures using irradiated homologous cartilage. In their presentation at the spring meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Denver, they pointed out that use of this technique is advantageous, because the cartilage is sculpted, readily available, does not warp, and has a low complication rate. The 62 patients available for follow-up were part of a larger group of 145 patients who had undergone surgery over a 16-year span. The degree of resorption of the grafts was determined by inspection, palpation, and study of postoperative notes, diagrams, and pictures. The results showed 100% resorption of grafts in 75% of patients who were followed up
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