Research Article

Metal sensitivity in patients with joint replacement arthroplasties.

BMJ 1975; 4 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5993.374 (Published 15 November 1975) Cite this as: BMJ 1975;4:374
  1. M K Benson,
  2. P G Goodwin,
  3. J Brostoff

    Abstract

    A high incidence of unexpected metal sensitivity was found in patients with metal-to-metal (McKee) hip arthroplasties. Patients with metal-to-plastic (Charnley) prostheses had no greater incidence of metal sensitivity than a control group awaiting operation. If metal sensitivity does occur loosening of the prosthesis may be a complication.