Microdamage accumulation in bone has been implicated in the pathogenesis of some bone fractures, and in implant loosening. Standard techniques for staining microcracks may not allow all cracks to be stained. We tested the hypothesis that crack closure in bone cortices after removal of a bending load may prevent diffusion of stain to sites of microcrack nucleation. Following cyclic loading, 26 canine femurs were divided into a group stained en bloc while applying a four point bending load, and another group stained without an applied load. No differences in number or length of microcracks were observed, indicating that crack closure does not prevent diffusion of stain to the crack location. Staining under load is unnecessary.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine