First possible metal hip toxicity cases reported

THE first published cases of apparent systemic sequelae from the recalled DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were set to appear online today in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons have expressed concern about toxicity from leaching of cobalt and chromium from the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System devices which were recalled worldwide by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy last year ('Hundreds face cobalt toxicity due to