Bone and Tissue Used in Surgeries May Have Been Contaminated

Bone and Tissue Used in Surgeries May Have Been Contaminated

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(KSL News) -- Officials at several hospitals nationwide have issued a warning to patients who recently underwent surgery.

They say bone and tissue used in grafts might be contaminated.

Authorities learned of a scam, where thieves harvested tissue and bones, from dead bodies at funeral homes. The organs were handled by New Jersey company Biomedical Tissue Services.

Doctors say the tissue and bones weren't properly screened for diseases like Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and H-I-V.

Dr. Scott Strenger, Hospital Neuroscience Center Medical Director: "We have notified and been in the process of notifying the patients we've identified as having received tissue from this one company."

The FDA says the transplanted material still underwent extensive cleaning, but the argument is little comfort to transplant recipients.

Medical experts are urging anyone who is concerned about a transplant to see their doctor.

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