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Cadaveric cartilage

Ka-dav-uh-rik  kar-ta-lij   |   \ kə-ˈda-vər-ik- ˈkär-tə-lij \

Cartilage from a deceased donor that has been irradiated to eliminate living cells. This cartilage has no viable or living tissue, and has a higher risk of resorption compared to autologous grafts. This cartilage is typically more brittle than rib cartilage from your own body. Surgeons will primarily use cadaveric cartilage when not comfortable harvesting rib cartilage.

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