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  • Wear testing of MCP joint

    Dear colleagues

    I would like to ask the list if they know of any current standards for wear
    testing of MCP joints? I have undertaken a lit review and there doesn't seem
    to be any relevant papers on the topic. There is of course significant
    literature on hip and knee wear testing but I would question the direct
    relevance due to the different load bearing characteristics and use of the
    joints. If there is no data on wear testing of MCP joints then I would use
    the hip literature as a starting point. I am considering a flexion/extension
    test through the full range of joint motion with a constant applied joint
    reaction force tested in calf/bovine serum at room temperature.

    Any comments or thoughts would be most appreciated.


    John Costi
    Biomechanical Engineer
    Department of Orthopaedics
    Division of Surgery
    Repatriation General Hospital
    Daws Road, Daw Park
    SA, AUSTRALIA 5041
    Phone: (08) 8275 1126
    Fax: (08) 8374 0712

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