International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery

Effect of bismuth subgallate (a hemostatic agent) on bone repair; a histologic, radiographic and histomorphometric study in rats.

PMID 19375279


Bismuth subgallate (BS) is a hemostatic agent used for soft tissue surgery in otorhinolaryngology and dermatology. Its effect on bone repair has not been studied. The present study undertook a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of post-extraction bone healing in the presence of BS. Under intraperitoneal anesthesia, forty male Wistar rats, 80+/-5g body weight, underwent the extraction of both lower first molars. BS was placed in the right post-extraction socket (group E) and the contralateral socket served as control (group C). The animals were killed in groups immediately, 7, 14 and 30 days post-extraction. The mandibles were resected, radiographed and processed for embedding in paraffin. The mesial socket was sectioned along the bucco-lingual axis and stained with hematoxylin-eosin. Total tissue volume and trabecular bone volume of the apical third of the sockets were determined histomorphometrically. At 14 and 30 days post-extraction, group E exhibited bone tissue that resembled that of group C. Histomorphometric analyses showed no statistically significant differences between groups C and E. Bismuth subgallate did not interfere with post-extraction bone healing. Further studies will analyze the effect of this hemostatic agent on bone repair in aniticoagulated rats.

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Bismuth(III) gallate basic hydrate, ≥98.0% (calc. on dry substance, KT)
C7H5BiO6 · xH2O