Newswise — Women with metal-on-metal hip implants, where both the ball of the joint and the surface of the socket are made of metal, pass metal ions to their offspring during pregnancy, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The ions are the result of wear and corrosion as the metal parts rub against one another.
The data showed a correlation between levels of cobalt and chromium – components of metal implants – in mothers and their babies at the time of delivery.
The study will be presented March 9 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Elevated Levels of Cobalt and Chromium Found in Offspring of Moms with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
This is kind of scary considering how "popular" hip plants are getting. Makes you think of other things we just stick in the body (from Newswise):