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A quantitative method to evaluate corrosion products in tissues.

Authors
  • Cabrini, R L
  • Olmedo, D G
  • Guglielmotti, M B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta odontológica latinoamericana : AOL
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
16
Issue
1-2
Pages
27–33
Identifiers
PMID: 15500185
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of odontological or orthopedic metal implants requires the availability of techniques to estimate tissue response to the corrosion processes. In previous experimental studies we showed the deposition of corrosion products not only locally (Olmedo et al., Implant Dent 2003; 12: 75-80) but also systemically (Olmedo et al., J Mater Sci: Mater in Medic 2002; 13: 793-796) in organs such as liver, spleen and lung. The aim of the present study was to propose a method to quantitatively assess the tissue deposits of the corrosion products of the materials used to manufacture implants. The samples (liver and lung) were embedded in paraffin, and the histological sections were submitted to thickness standardization. The quantitative evaluation of the deposits was performed in an MPM-800 (Carl Zeiss)* microscope. The light microscopy images were digitalized and then analyzed employing the DNA-IBAS-Kontron software that allows for the identification and evaluation of cells loaded with corrosion products (objective 20x). The following end-points were assessed: total field area, number of deposits of corrosion products, partial and total area of the deposits, and the ratio between volume of the deposits and tissue volume. The method proposed serves to quantitatively evaluate, at light microscopy level, the deposition of corrosion products in tissues.

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