A recent article by Drs. Keith and Thomas Fehring recounts the resurgence of Metal on Metal joint arthroplasties in the early 2000s. The authors describe complications that have been experienced by recipients of those devices resulting from products of metal wear and corrosion (i.e., Aseptic lymphocytic-dominated vasculitis-associated lesion/adverse local tissue reactions (or ALVAL/ALTR)) and propose an algorithm for diagnosing those complications. Unfortunately, the outcomes of revision surgery for Total Hip Arthroplasty resulting from metal related complications remain suboptimal. According to the authors, these individuals often experience instability and aseptic loosening of their replacement acetabular component due to soft tissue and bone destruction. They also experience high rates of infection.
See Fehring, K.A. et al. Modes Of Failure In Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty, Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 46, 185-92 (2015).
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