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Metal-on-metal bearings, inflammatory pseudotumours and their neurological manifestations

Metal-on-metal bearings, inflammatory pseudotumours and their neurological manifestations

Hip Int 2012; 22(2): 129 - 136

Article Type: REVIEW

DOI:10.5301/HIP.2012.9185

Authors

Bhupinder S. Mann, Paul M. Whittingham-Jones, Daniel A. Shaerf, Zuhair S. Nawaz, Paul Harvie, ALISTER J. HART, John A. Skinner

Abstract

Metal-on-metal bearings have become more popular for hip arthroplasty in younger patients in the last 15 years. We present a review of the neurological consequences relating to such bearing surfaces illustrated by an appropriate case report. The mechanisms of increased metal ion production and pseudotumour formation are discussed. If unexplained neurology, hip/groin pain or a localised mass around the hip are present with a metal bearing hip then urgent referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon is warranted for consideration of exchange arthroplasty

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