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What is Heavy Metal Poisoning?

As we try to describe the reasons the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System present such a danger to your health, we occasionally use terms you may be only vaguely familiar with. This is an ongoing series of articles on the medical terms related to the DePuy hip recall and hip revision surgeries.

Heavy metal poisoning, by its strictest definition, is simply the build-up of heavy metals in the soft tissues of the body. It is also referred to as heavy metal toxicity. The most common heavy metals associated with poisoning are lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium; the ones that are in the structure of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip implant are chromium and cobalt.

One doctor who analyzed several patients who were tested for metal poisoning said that these were some of the highest levels for chromium and cobalt ions he has ever seen. Despite this, he also said that many of the patients had no symptoms, which makes for a very good argument that any patients who received an ASR XL Acetabular System should be monitored closely and receive regular blood tests.

For any kind of heavy metal poisoning, the symptoms largely revolve around the digestive system: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain, for example. Patients may also have headaches or get a metallic taste in their mouths. In extreme cases, heavy metal poisoning may make patients lose cognitive, motor, and language function.

Chromium and cobalt have also both been linked to cancer. One study recommended that human beings should not have more than 1 part per million of cobalt or chromium in the bloodstream many patients with the ASR XL Acetabular System have exceeded 7 parts per million.

The standard treatment for metal poisoning is chelation therapy; however, this process does not reverse any neurological damage done.

It is essential, if you have a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, to get tested for heavy metal poisoning, particularly your cobalt and chromium levels. If you have any questions or would like some help understanding your legal rights, please do give our offices a call at 1-800-677-7095 or simply fill out our online contact form.



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If you think you have a DePuy hip implant and would like to know more about the case, give our offices a call at 1-800-677-7095. Our people are standing by to answer your questions and explain how we can help.


DePuy Crib Sheets

Deciding what you want to do in the aftermath of this hip recall is extremely difficult. There are important medical and legal decisions to make, and you may not be feeling up to the task of figuring out the right questions to ask. We thought we'd try to make that a little easier for you.

Medical Crib Sheets
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Learn more about the DePuy Hip Recall Cheat Sheets or just go right ahead and download them - they're absolutely free and we hope they help during this difficult time.

DePuy Recall In The News

As new updates appear in the news on the DePuy hip recall and the ASR XL Acetabular System, we put those links up here so you can stay informed. If you'd like to be notified when we have news updates, please subscribe to our feed.

August 22, 2012
Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay About $200,000 Per Case to Settle Three ASR Lawsuits in Nevada
www.washpost.bloomberg.com

June 27, 2012
FDA Holds Hearing on Metal Hips But Dodges Fundamental Question of Inadequacy of Testing 
www.nytimes.com

March 12, 2012
Too Little Too Late? Researchers Conclude Metal on Metal Hip Replacements Should Not Be Used.
www.bbc.co.uk

»Read our complete archive of articles about the Depuy hip recall.

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You can also browse our Stay Informed section for full articles on the case against DePuy and the medical problems with the ASR XL Acetabular total hip replacement system, or contact us directly.

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