By Gary M. White, MD
Metallosis is the deposition of metallic debris and inflammation in the joint space from corrosion of a metallic prosthesis.
- Metallosis has been reported with stainless steel, titanium, and cobalt chromium alloy femoral
prostheses articulating either with a similar metal or a polymer component.
There is dyspigmentation, usually blue-black, of the skin overlying the joint space affected by metallosis.
The prosthesis usually needs to be replaced.
Metallosis caused by a corroded knee prosthesis. JAAD Case Reports January 2015 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 36–37
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