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Evaluation of Prosthetic Implant Degradation

Orthopedic Prostheses


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Slide 3

December 2011

More than 1 million total hip replacements are surgically inserted worldwide each year, with patients benefitting by improved mobility and quality of life. However, implant-specific local and systemic adverse effects related to sensitivity to the metal or due to the wear of the metal surfaces themselves, called adverse reaction to metal debris, or ARMD, affect a small number of implant recipients. Serum chromium and cobalt concentrations correlate with ARMD.



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