Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thousands could be at risk from ‘toxic’ metal hip implants

Published on Sunday 29 January 2012 14:43

AN investigation into the safety of metal hips has been launched by medical regulators.

The move comes after fears that thousands of people are a risk from poisoning.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said most people with the implants are at “low risk developing any serious problems.”

But it added it had taken “prompt action” over the safety concerns.

The action comes as an investigation by the Sunday Telegraph found more than 30,000 British patients have received the “metal-on-metal” (MoM) hip replacements.

They are feared to be more dangerous than previously thought.

Problems occur with such devices when friction between the metal ball and cup causes tiny metal filings to break off and potentially seep into the blood. These fragments can also cause a soft tissue reaction, destroying muscle and bone.


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