Salvage of an infected hydroxyapatite cement cranioplasty with preservation of the implant material

Perry J. Johnson, David L. Robbins, William M. Lydiatt, Gary F. Moore

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We report the first case of an infection of an HA cement cranioplasty successfully salvaged without removal of the implant. The unique structure and chemical composition of HA cement, as well as the host-implant interface, may confer relative resistance to infection such that the implant material may be retained despite infection of adjacent tissue. Management may include incision and drainage of infected fluid, debridement of necrotic tissue, intravenous antibiotics, and adequate soft tissue coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-517
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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