Cobalt or Chromium Poisoning after hip Revision Surgery
Cobalt and chromium are naturally occurring elements in the earth's crust. A very small amount of each is needed to stay healthy.
However, cobalt or chromium poisoning can occur from the wear and tear of cobalt/chromium metal-on-metal hip implants. This type of implant is an artificial hip socket that is created by fitting a metal ball into a metal cup. Cobalt and chromium can be released as the metal ball grinds against the metal cup when a person walks or moves. These microscopic metal shards are absorbed into the blood stream and can infiltrate the organs.
Persons who suffer pain, inflammation, difficulty walking, or develop cysts after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant may have cobalt poisoning. Cobalt poisoning is extremely serious. Left untreated, it can result in:
Thickening of the blood; Vertigo; Deafness and blindness; Cognitive Problems; • Thyroid problems; • Cardiomyopathy; • Deafness; • Nerve problems; and • Ringing in the ears.
Treatment for signs of cobalt toxicity from a metal-on-metal hip implant may include removing the implant and replacing it with a traditional hip implant. However, despite these “revision surgeries”, cobalt or chromium poisoning can cause problems that require ongoing medical treatment for a long time.
Chromium poisoning is as dangerous as cobalt poisoning. Patients with elevated chromium levels often show similar symptoms as those with elevated cobalt levels. The most notable difference is that cobalt poisoning can cause cardiomyopathy while elevated chromium levels do not appear to cause heart problems but can cause problems with the reproductive system. Chromium can also cause problems with the kidneys.
Only a blood test will determine what levels of metal are in your bloodstream if your metal on metal hip has failed or is failing. As always, please do not take medical advice from us. We are not doctors and we provide this information for your information only. However, if you have received a metal on metal hip implant and are concerned about the effects chromium and cobalt poisoning may have on your health, please give us a call.
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