PLASTINATION: A NOVEL APPROACH TO CADAVER SCARCITY IN NIGERIA

OYEWOPO AA1, ADELEKE OS2, TOKUNBO OS2, 2FALANA BA2, JOHNSON O1

1.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
2.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Osun State University, PMB 4494, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

Correspondence to: Dr. ADELEKE O.S Phone number +2348131323268, email: opeyemi.adeleke@uniosun.edu.ng

ABSTRACT
Cadaveric dissection has always been an integral part of medical education being used for teaching Anatomy, Surgery, Pathology, Radiology, Medical and Biomedical Research in Nigeria higher institutions of learning. However, it is undeniable that Nigeria Universities had been facing a lot of challenges in acquiring cadavers. In view of this scarcity of bodies, organs and tissues for studies, teaching and research, newer techniques of preserving biological tissues for long duration such as plastination is important. Thus, this review elaborates and identifies problems in cadaver acquisition in Nigeria, suggests better preservative technique of cadaver and identifies possible limitations to the practice of the suggested technique and proper possible solutions to the limitations.

Keywords: Plastination, Cadaver, Anatomy, Preservative
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