Pseudotumors can go unrecognized for months, even years. However, once a pseudotumor is discovered, typically severe tissue damage is already present.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
Metal-on-metal hip implants have been linked to an increased incidence of pseudotumors. Pseudotumors form around metal-on-metal hip implants when there is a systemic reaction to metal debris caused by premature wear of device. Most commonly, pseudotumors are found to be a result of chromium metal debris found in these devices. Women have an increased risk for developing pseudotumors. Also persons with a preexisting sensitivity to metals are more likely to develop pseudotumors. To relieve the pain often associated with pseudotumors around the hip, a corrective procedure is frequently needed.
A number of metal-on-metal hip implant patients are often unaware pseudotumors as they present no pain or abnormal hip mobility. Pseudotumors can go unrecognized for months, even years. However, once a pseudotumor is discovered, typically severe tissue damage is already present.
A June 2012 study determined that pseudotumors were more prevalent in metal-on-metal hip implant patients. Of the 119 patients included in the study, 39 percent were identified as having a pseudotumor. Of those patients diagnosed with a pseudotumor, 13 required a corrective procedure. It should be noted that this study was limited to metal-on-metal hip implants, which used a large femoral head.
The most common pseudotumor symptoms reported are: pain, diminished range of motion, difficulty walking and inflammation surrounding the hip joint.
Nadrich & Cohen is a national defective medical device and pharmaceutical side effect law firm pursuing defective metal-on-metal hip implant claims in all 50 states. We have a proven track record of successful results for our defective hip implant clients. If you or a loved one have experienced any of the symptoms outlined above or have had a corrective surgery due to the pseudotumors, immediately contact Nadrich & Cohen for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658.