Soft-tissue allografts terminally sterilized with an electron beam are biomechanically equivalent to aseptic, nonsterilized tendons

Summary: The hypothesis is that e-beam sterilization would not significantly alter the biomechanical properties of tendon allograft compared with aseptic, nonsterilized controls and gamma-irradiated grafts.

Conclusion: The biomechanical properties of tibialis and BTB allografts sterilized with use of an e-beam at a dose range of 17.1 to 21.0 kGy were not different from those of aseptic, nonsterilized controls or gamma-irradiated allografts.

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J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Aug 20;96(16):1321-6.doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.00841. Egleide Y Elenes, Shawn A Hunter