Recall of Cryolife tissue
In case you have not read in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, or your daily newspaper, in the last several months there has been a problem with tissue bank products from a company whose name is "Cryolife".
It first came to light in Minnesota in which some serious infections were caused by human donor tissue from this company. One patient with a serious infection caused by the tissue died. In Canada, "Health Canada" has recalled all soft tissue that was produced by Cryolife since October 2001.
There are many excellent tissue banks around the country. In our practice we have dealt primarily with a company whose name is Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. Like most orthopaedic surgeons, we are using what is termed "allograft" tissue, which is donor tissue from tissue banks on a frequent basis.
The problem in dealing with human graft tissue from one patient to another is to sterilize the tissue, but not compromise the strength or integrity of the tissue.
In the future, and no one knows exactly how far in the future this will be, research is ongoing to grow human tissue or to produce growth factors that induce a patient's body to make new bone, ligament, or tendon tissue.
FDA News Release: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2002/NEW00827.html
LaurusHealth.com News: http://www.laurushealth.com/healthnews/reuters/NewsStory0315200222.htm