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The safety of bone allografts used in dentistry The safety of bone allografts used in dentistry

Author(s):

Dan Holtzclaw, DDS, MS;Nicholas Toscano, DDS, MS;Lisa Eisenlohr, PhD; Don Callan, DDS

Date Added:

2/10/2010


Summary:

Although clinicians have used human bone allografts safely in the practice of dentistry for more than four decades, recent media reports have shaken the public’s confidence in this treatment option. In late 2005, the New York Police Department investigated Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS, Fort Lee, N.J.), a human tissue recovery firm, for allegedly selling “stolen human body parts. Ensuing police investigations uncovered a ghastly operation in which BTS employees dismembered dozens of human corpses for allograft tissue that they sold to be used in a multitude of medical and dental operations.

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