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Orthopade. 2013 May;42(5):373-87; quiz 388-9. doi: 10.1007/s00132-013-2100-6.

[Update on metal-on-metal hip joints].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Orthopädie, Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, Deutschland.


Increasing data are available describing risk factors for the development of local and systemic adverse events following operations using metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants. The prevalence and clinical relevance of metal-associated problems are, however, still under debate. They can be influenced by type and position of implant as well as patient-specific factors. Patients with small MoM heads (maximum diameter 32 mm) and subgroups of resurfacing arthroplasty can achieve good long-term survival. The use of large head MoM implants (diameters greater than 36 mm), however, is currently not advised due to the unsatisfactory results.

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