Surgeons develop composite bone transplantsBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7201.9 (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:9
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
Composite bone transplants using cadaveric and host bone may become a standard method of repairing bony defects. A 6 year old boy, Adam Johnson, underwent this pioneering procedure nine months ago and has shown good results.
Adam lost most of his humerus to cancer and faced the choice of further amputation and a prosthesis or the experimental procedure. Orthopaedists …