Electric Enhancement of Bone Healing

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Science  10 Mar 1972:
Vol. 175, Issue 4026, pp. 1118-1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.175.4026.1118


A human congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia, unresponsive to conventional treatment, was stimulated to healing by direct electric current. The method was modeled after prior experimental work in vivo in rabbits. X-ray photographs, histological techniques, and electron microscopy confirmed the presence of newly formed bone in the defect region.