Saturday, December 8, 2012

Arthroprosthetic cobaltism and cardiomyopathy

2012 Nov;21(11):759-60. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2012.03.013. Epub 2012 Apr 18.



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Cobaltism related to athroplasty implants has been anecdotally documented in at least six cases presenting with a combination of neurological, endocrine and cardiac symptoms with improvement in most symptoms after revision. Causality however has not been well established. This report documents the case of a 75 year-old male farmer who presents with possible cobalt cardiomyopathy from severe cobalt poisoning in the setting of arthroprosthetic cobaltism with symptomatic improvement upon revision of the hip.
Copyright © 2012 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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