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Toxic metal hip implants concern

29th February 2012

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said patients given all-metal hip replacement should be monitored for the rest of their lives.

In a statement  Dr Susanne Ludgate, Clinical Director of the MHRA, said: "Clinical evidence shows that patients have a small risk of suffering complications from having metal-on-metal hip implants...As a precautionary measure, we have today issued updated patient management and monitoring advice to surgeons and doctors that they should annually monitor patients for the lifetime of their metal-on-metal total hip replacements that are sized 36 millimetres or more because this particular type of hip replacement has a small risk of causing complications in patients."

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