Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chromium and Cobalt levels 4 months post revision

I just had my chromium and cobalt levels re run.  The bottom line is the levels have dropped considerably.  While I had been told they would drop, I was skeptical.  It made me wonder if the tumor like growths/granulomas or whatever they are, have dropped significantly.

2011 levels of Chromium/cobalt...(I had repeated tests to verify the results.)


Chromium Blood ion test taken on 1/4/11
Cobalt blood ion test taken on 1/4/11
24 hour Urine chromium test taken on 1/30/11
Other Urine chromium test taken on 1/30/11
Cobalt Urine test taken on 1/30/11
2nd blood chromium test taken on 2/9
2nd blood cobalt test taken on 2/9
Actual result
28mcg/l
34 mcg/l
86
49
> 10.0 ug/l
21.6 ug/l
29.5 ug/l
Reported normal level
<2mcg/l
<1.8mcg/l
.6
.5
.1-.2
.5 ug/l
<1ug/l
Multiple over normal
14x
18.8x
143x
98x
5-100 x
43.2x
30x


4 months post revision levels

2012 results (3/8/12)


Chromium
Cobalt
Actual
7.5
2.5
normal
1.2mcg/l
1.8mcg/l
Multiple over normal
6x
1.3x

 While the levels are still considered high, at least there has been a significant drop in the levels.  I will have these levels done at the 7 month marker to see if they drop lower.
The real interest to me is, given this information, have the "tumor" like growths that have developed, shrunk?  It is a possibility that  these growths  might be granuloma formations as a result of the metals,   I will be repeating the cat scans on the abdomen tonite.  I will let you know how that turns out once I have the results.  The tumor growths have been discussed in a series of posts which can be found here 
Seeking information.......Granulomas, histiocytosis, type IV immune response.... (part 1 of x in this series)

So what is the cause of these pseudotumors after the second revision? (part 2 of x in this series)

Granulomas, necrotic pseudotumors post revision.....what is the story on this? (part 3 of x)

Background on Type IV Immune response (part 4 of x)

Background on Type IV Immune response (part 5 of x)

Background on Type IV Immune response (part 6 of x)

8 comments:

  1. Wow. Very hopeful news indeed! Pam

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  2. Your results are great news. My wife has had two revisions as she had two of the Depuy ASRs. Cobalt and chromium levels approached 100 before the first and they dropped dramatically (under 10)within six months. Then they went back up again into the 30's when we decided on the 2nd revision on the second hip. Now three months post surgery her results are chromium 5.0 and cobalt 2.8. The recovery from the 2nd revision is taking longer and she has had a dislocation from the first hip--that was a tough day, but she is getting stronger. You hang in there.

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  3. Hi Steve,

    You guys hang in there as well. good luck with the recoup from the 2nd surgery.

    Connie

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  4. Many people have been affected by this depuy hip recall issue, we just hope all would be well.

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  5. I just had lab work for cobalt results is 1.3 is this nomarl or is it high I have both legs replacement in 2005

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    1. see this chart for normal levels:

      http://www.mydepuyhiprecall.com/search?q=normal+levels+of+chromium+and+cobalt

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  6. My husband had a MOM hip replacement in December 2008 & has suffered pain since. He has not yet had revision surgery but in December 2012 a cobalt/chromium blood test showed 41 level & in Feb 2013 this has gone down to 24. Consultant said they only worried if it gets to 120 & will see him again in 12 months. Im curious as to why they have suddenly halved in levels and have suggested he have a 2nd opinion blood tests. Anyone have any ideas as to what could explain this. The consultant could not provide any answers..

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    1. the levels have not changed becuase to date, no one really knows the correct levels to prompt concern. The number from many of the clinics have been 7ppb for chromium. The FDA won;t even publish a number at all.

      Regards,

      connie

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