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Document And Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Oct. 23, 2017
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Central Index Key 0000784199  
Entity Registrant Name CRYOLIFE INC  
Trading Symbol cry  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   33,457,552