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Concerns now exist about the long-term biological effects of exposure to orthopaedic metal alloys, particularly serum cobalt and chromium ions derived from metal-on-metal wear debris in these patients. A pseudotumour mass complicating metal-on-metal resurfacing arthroplasty has been recognized by orthopaedic oncologists and specialist hip units. Pseudotumours may also present with a major nerve palsy. Two cases of femoral neuropathy due to pseudotumour masses caused by metal-on-metal resurfacing arthroplasty are presented. Preoperative neurophysiological studies showed severe and irreversible pathological changes to nerve function with neurohistopathological evidence of complete nerve destruction with a previously unreported pathological appearance. This may represent a previously unrecognized pathological process, possibly 'toxic' in nature, resulting from metal-on-metal wear debris. Prolonged follow-up and detailed clinical assessment of patients after hip resurfacing arthroplasty is advocated with planned and expeditious revision of any patient in whom evidence of femoral neuropathy develops.

Original publication

DOI

10.5301/hip.2008.2784

Type

Journal article

Journal

Hip Int

Publication Date

10/2008

Volume

18

Pages

313 - 320

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Female, Femoral Nerve, Femoral Neuropathy, Granuloma, Plasma Cell, Hip Joint, Hip Prosthesis, Humans, Metals, Middle Aged, Pain, Postoperative, Reoperation