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Metal on metal hip resurfacing has been used widely over the last ten years but there has been recent concern about destructive soft tissue reactions, which have been called pseudotumours by some authors. This has generated considerable controversy. This review explains why pseudotumours occur after resurfacing and how they can be prevented. It also supports the continued use of resurfacing in appropriate patients by appropriately trained surgeons.

Original publication

DOI

10.5301/hip.2011.8405

Type

Journal article

Journal

Hip international : the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy

Publication Date

05/2011

Volume

21

Pages

279 - 283

Addresses

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford - UK and Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Headington, Oxford - UK.

Keywords

Humans, Joint Diseases, Granuloma, Plasma Cell, Prosthesis Failure, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip, Prosthesis Design, Hip Prosthesis, Metal-on-Metal Joint Prostheses