Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007
Subject:Re: Metal allergyWhile metal allergies are indeed rare, they can be (or have
the effect of being) all too real…..
My wife is 31 yrs old and had her right hip resurfaced 2
years ago by Dr. De Smet (she originally broke her hip
around 10 years, developed AVN, had an osteotomy 7 years
ago, developed arthritis, which ultimately led us to Ghent –
can’t say enough about the experience there).
Around a month ago she started experiencing terrible hip
pain. X-rays (and a CT Scan) show that the bone just below
the bottom end of the femoral cap is essentially dissolving
Blood tests were performed and, while it is not an exact
science, there does appear to be sensitivity to both
chromium and nickel – chromium being one of the main
by-products of the resurfacing components.
While there certainly could be other factors …