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Volume 23 , Issue 2
March/April 2008

Pages 207214

Influence of Ovariectomy on Healing of Autogenous Bone Block Grafts in the Mandible: A Histomorphometric Study in an Aged Rat Model

Danielle Shima Luize, DDS, MS/Alvaro Francisco Bosco, DDS, MS, PhD/Samara Bonfante, DDS, MS1/Juliano Milanezi de Almeida, DDS, MS

PMID: 18548916

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate quantitatively and qualitatively the influence of estrogen deficiency on autogenous bone block grafts in aged ovariectomized rats. Materials and Methods: Fifty 12-month-old female Wistar rats were used in the study. They were divided into 2 groups, an ovariectomized group and a sham-operated group. After 30 days the animals received autogenous block bone grafts on the angle of the mandible, harvested from the calvaria. The animals were euthanized at 7, 14, or 28 days postoperatively. Results: Histologic analysis showed that at 7 days postsurgery, the interface between graft and recipient site in the sham-operated group appeared filled by a granulation tissue with angiogenic activity, whereas the ovariectomized group still exhibited a blood clot and a granulation tissue in organization. On the 14th postoperative day, the interface in the sham-operated group was partially filled by newly formed bone establishing a union between the graft and the recipient site. The interface in the ovariectomized group was typically filled by granulation tissue with discrete osteogenic activity in most specimens. On the 28th postoperative day, the graft in the sham-operated group appeared histologically integrated to the mandible. However, the interface in the ovariectomized group appeared partially filled by newly formed bone, with areas of interposed connective tissue. The statistical analysis revealed that bone neoformation was significantly greater in the sham-operated group (57.41% at 14 days and 68.35 at 28 days) in comparison with the ovariectomized group (40.82% at 14 days and 53.09 at 28 days) at the 5% level. Conclusion: The estrogen depletion caused by the ovariectomy hindered the healing process of autogenous block bone grafts placed in the mandibles of aged rats. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2008;23:207214

Key words: autograft, bone transplantation, estrogen deficiency, menopause, ovariectomy

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