Corrosion in the Body

  • George L. Lucas
  • Francis W. Cooke
  • Elizabeth A. Friis

Abstract

Continuing with the question concerning titanium, a further episode in the life of Dr. Curmudgeon bears repeating. Early in the development of total hip implants, the implants were available in just a few sizes and configurations, but as more and more different types of patients were operated on, more options were needed. Thus evolved the concept of modularity, which allowed different heads to be put together with different shaft configurations, neck lengths, and so on. Dr. Curmudgeon was not aware one day that, after he had placed a titanium shaft into the femoral canal, the scrub nurse had handed him a cobalt-chromium (Co- Cr) alloy femoral head of the appropriate size. Is the difference in the two metals likely to cause any problems, and, if so, what sort of problems should we expect?

Keywords

Zinc Titanium Nickel Migration Toxicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George L. Lucas
    • 1
  • Francis W. Cooke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elizabeth A. Friis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Kansas School of MedicineWichitaUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Research Institute, Inc.Via Christi Regional Medical Center- St.Francis CampusWichitaUSA

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