Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Harvesting

  • Rozalia I. Dimitriou
  • Peter V. Giannoudis


Autologous bone is the “gold standard” bone graft material, as it provides the full spectrum of osteogenic, osteoconductive, and osteoinductive properties. The posterior iliac crest represents another ­harvesting site of autologous bone graft, providing a larger volume of cancellous and cortico­canellous bone compared to the anterior iliac crest and is extensively used in posterior spinal fusion procedures.


Polylactic Acid Iliac Crest Autologous Bone Graft Bone Graft Material Posterior Superior Iliac Spine 
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Further Reading

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    Bezer M, Kocaoğlu B, Aydin N, Güven O. Comparison of traditional and intrafascial iliac crest bone-graft harvesting in lumbar spinal surgery. Int Orthop. 2004;28(6):325–8.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Catone GA, Khana R. Use of the acetabular reamer for ­corticocancellous bone harvest from the posterior iliac crest: a preliminary report. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010;69(1):271–9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Mazock JB, Schow SR, Triplett RG. Posterior iliac crest bone harvest: review of technique, complications, and use of an epidural catheter for postoperative pain control. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;61(12):1497–503.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Merritt AL, Spinnicke A, Pettigrew K, Alamin TF. Gluteal-sparing approach for posterior iliac crest bone graft: description of a new technique and assessment of morbidity in ninety-two patients after spinal fusion. Spine. 2010;35(14):1396–400.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Robertson PA, Wray AC. Natural history of posterior iliac crest bone graft donation for spinal surgery: a prospective analysis of morbidity. Spine. 2001;26(13):1473–6.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Skaggs DL, Samuelson MA, Hale JM, Kay RM, Tolo VT. Complications of posterior iliac crest bone grafting in spine surgery in children. Spine. 2000;25(18):2400–2.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK
  2. 2.Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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