Abstract:In 12 mongrel dogs tracheal defects of different size were covered by bovine xenografts. The grafts were subjected to electronmicroscopic examination 2 to 19 months after implantation. Following the ingrowht of fibroblasts and capillaries a basal membrane is formed on the side of the previous graft lumen. After 4 to 5 months this membrane is covered from the tracheal margins by microvillous cells. After 8 months ciliated epithelia and goblet cells are developed by cell metaplasia. Although the graft becomes re… Show more
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