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We present four cases of spontaneous fracture of indwelling polyurethane ureteral stents.
If the elastic strain energy being released exceeds the energy required for crack extension then we have spontaneous fracture.
In recording a narrative verdict, he said: "Margaret Boyd died following a spontaneous fracture of the leg which caused her additional immobility and led to bronchopneumonia.
Despite trying some more expensive alternatives, Zook came back to implementing standard PVC pipe that carries a spontaneous fracture point of-80 degrees F.
While the forces applied to the feet and legs of dancers and marathoners are relatively small in themselves, when these forces are repeated over and over, they can create microscopic fractures that can weaken the bone and eventually lead to a larger, spontaneous fracture that may appear to occur without warning.

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