Bone Grafting With Help of Sea Coral

Date: 12/2/2014

Sea coral could be used more extensively in bone grafting procedures thanks to research that refined the material’s properties and made it
more compatible with natural bone. By partially converting calcium carbonate – found in the exoskeleton of sea coral – into coralline hydroxyapatite, the refined material, called coralline hydroxyapatite/calcium carbonate (CHACC), ‘considerably improved’ the outcome of bone grafts in 16 patients. The results showed bone healing in each of the patients after four months and that the CHACC had fully biodegraded after two years.

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