Spinal fusion BMP: does it increase pediatric cancer risk?

By Laura Dyrda

A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics examines whether rhBMP-2 in pediatric patients increases cancer risk.

The researchers examined 57 consecutive cases for pediatric patients who underwent posterior occiptocervical, cervical, thoracic, lumbar or lumbosacral spinal fusion. The patients underwent surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital from October 2007 to June 2011. There were seven cases excluded due to follow-up loss and three patients died during the follow-up period.




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