Letter to the Editor

HSS Journal: Volume 10, Issue 1


Ammar Al Khudairy, MCh, MRCSI

Orthopaedic Research Unit, Division of Orthopaedics, Dahousie University

John P. Phelan, PhD

Biomedical Research Cluster, Waterford Institute of Technology

To the Editor,

We read the study by Yang et al. entitled “In Vitro Elution Characteristics of Vancomycin in a Composite Calcium Phosphate/Calcium Sulfate Bone Substitute” with great interest [1]. We want to congratulate the authors for their great effort and valuable study. However, we felt that there are few queries which the authors could clarify.

1. The authors reported mixing the biphasic CaP/CaS powder with a radiopaque iohexol solution ahead to mixing the composite with vancomycin, and we are interested to know the reason for this step, especially that when calcium sulfate hemihydrate comes in contact with the iohexol solution, it is ionized and recrystallizes into calcium sulfate dihydrate. We are wondering if the authors took into consideration the potential effect of such addition on the experiment and tried to add a control group.

2. We are interested to know if the authors noticed any changes in the setting time for the composite with the changing in the antibiotic concentration and if so how they managed to incorporate as high as 17.78% of vancomycin into the structure of the CaP/CaS composite.

In a study by Guo et al. [3], they reported an increase in the setting time of calcium phosphate cement/calcium sulfate composite with the increase in the liquid/solid ratio (L/S ratio) with a loss of the cement dough formation when the ratio is high. This was also reported by Hu et al. [4] as an increase in the setting time with an increase in the same ratio. Moreover, it was reported that vancomycin is an antibiotic that accelerates the hardening process [2].

3. Finally, how can the authors justify their results in light of the differences in the structure of the individual components of the composite as reported in their discussion section?

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 10, Issue 1.
View the full article at springerlink.com.

About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year, February, July and October. The Journal accepts and publishes peer reviewed articles from around the world that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

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