Tissue response to fast-setting calcium phosphate cement in bone

Youji Miyamoto, Kunio Ishikawa, Masaaki Takechi, Taketomo Toh, Yuki Yoshida, Masaru Nagayama, Masayuki Kon, Kenzo Asaoka

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Fast-setting calcium phosphate cement (FSCPC) is a promising new bioactive cement with a significantly short setting time (approximately 5-6 min) compared to conventional calcium phosphate cement (c-CPC) (30-60 min) at physiologic temperatures. As a result of its ability to set quickly, it is applicable in surgical procedures where fast setting is required. In this study, FSCPC was implanted in rat tibiae to evaluate tissue response and biocompatibility. FSCPC was converted to hydroxyapatite (HAP) in bone faster than c-CPC in the first 6 h. By 24 h, significant amounts of both FSCPC and c-CPC had been converted to HAP. The conversion of FSCPC into HAP further proceeded gradually, reaching 100% within 8 weeks. Infrared spectroscopic analysis disclosed the deposition of B-type carbonate apatite, which is a biological apatite contained in human dentin or bone, on the surface of the FSCPC. Histologically, FSCPC showed a tissue response similar to that of c-CPC. A slight inflammatory reaction was observed in the soft tissue apposed to both cements in the early period, and new bone was formed along the surface of the FSCPC at the adjacent bone. However, no resorption of either cement by osteoclasts or macrophages was observed within 8 weeks. We conclude that FSCPC is superior to c-CPC in clinical applications in oral and maxillofacial, orthopedic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery, since it shows a faster setting time and higher mechanical strength in the early period that are required in these surgical procedures, as well as osteoconductivity and excellent biocompatibility similar to that of c-CPC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-464
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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