In vitro ageing of Brushite calcium phosphate cement

Liam Grover, JC Knowles, Garry Fleming, Jake Barralet

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In vivo studies investigating the use of brushite cements have demonstrated mixed results with one or more of dissolution, hydrolysis, fragmentation and long term stability being demonstrated. It has been suggested that sample volume, implant location, and species can affect in vivo behaviour. As few in vitro studies on this cement system have been performed, this study aimed to compare the effects of static and dynamic in vitro ageing protocols on the phase composition, weight loss and mechanical properties of brushite cement. The effects of immersion liquid to cement volume ratio (LCVR) and sample volume on phase composition were investigated and comparative in vitro experiments were also performed in foetal bovine serum. It was determined that the weight loss after 28 days was up to seven times higher in serum than in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and that fragmentation accounted for most of the weight loss observed. Hydroxyapatite was formed in PBS but not in serum when aged in refreshed media at all LCVRs investigated. This study has highlighted that LCVR, media refresh rate and media composition are critical to brushite cement performance. It appears that brushite cement removal from an implant site may be complex and dependent on physiological processes other than simple dissolution. A better understanding of these processes could provide the means to engineer more precise calcium phosphate cement degradation profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4133-4141
Number of pages9
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003


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