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Good function but very high concentrations of cobalt and chromium ions in blood 37 years after metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasy

Authors Wretenberg P

Published 9 October 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 31—32

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S4256

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Per Wretenberg

Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Section of Orthopaedics, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This case report describes a patient who had a metal-on-metal hip prosthesis implanted 37 years ago. The hip function and X-ray are presented. The levels of cobalt and chromium ions in blood are analyzed and found to be about 40 times higher than normal. Consequences are discussed.

Keywords: hip prosthesis, metal ions

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