Particulate Matter and Host Reactions

Authored by: Edward M. Greenfield

Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Second Edition

Print publication date:  May  2008
Online publication date:  May  2008

Print ISBN: 9781420078022
eBook ISBN: 9781498761437
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This entry focuses on four aspects of the host reaction to the particles: first, the role of particles themselves compared with other factors, including implant motion, mechanical forces, fluid pressure, and bacterial endotoxins; second, the ability of macrophages and other cell types to detect the particles; third, the actions of osteoclasts and osteoblasts as effector cells; and fourth, future directions for research in this area.

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