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Vascularised and non-vascularised perichondrial grafts from the rabbit's ears were transplanted to the lower abdominal wall and their cartilage formation compared. Similar results were found in both groups. Presence of blood and spontaneous revascularisation of non-vascularised grafts as well as self limitation of cartilage formation in immediately revascularised grafts seem to be the reason for these results.
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This work was supported by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
The authors express their appreciation to Dr Hilary Hill and Dr N. A. Davis, the Department of Anatomical Pathology, St Vincent's Hospital, for their assistance with the histopathology studies.
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