Orthopedic/Dental Implant Testing
It has long been suspected that patients with hypersensitivity to metals would experience post-implant complications, including dermatitis (localized and generalized), pruritus, joint loosening, edema, and pain. Previous studies have singled out patients with a clinical history of metal allergy, concluding that these individuals benefit most from patch testing before a metal-containing implant is placed. In addition, patients with chronic dermatitis, pruritus, joint loosening, or pain may benefit from the removal and/or replacement of their prostheses. This is especially true if patch testing confirms hypersensitivity to one or more components, but such decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis.
With the increased use of metal implants, testing to confirm an allergy is even more important. Our team can help with this and work closely with the ordering surgeon.
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