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Cardiovascular Effects of Implanted Acrylic Bone Cement

Br Med J 1971; 3 doi: (Published 21 August 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;3:460
  1. Hugh Phillips,
  2. Peter V. Cole,
  3. Alan W. F. Lettin


    A pilot study has shown that there is usually but not invariably a fall in systemic arterial blood pressure within 90 seconds of implanting acrylic cement into the femoral shaft during hip arthroplasty. There is usually no change in arterial blood pressure on implanting acrylic cement into the acetabulum. The observed hypotension may be due to absorption of monomer or additives into the circulation, but the role of other factors needs investigation.