Skin Tests, Able To Recognize Mental Hypersensitivity before Joint Replacement

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If the patients are tested for mental hypersensitivity preceding the bone or joint implants, it will help in identifying those patients who are at an elevated threat for complications owning to mental hypersensitivity, a novel research has proved. The team of researchers found that nickel is a general compound in alloys and is also a principle cause of contact dermatitis which is connected with the metals. The research involved 31 participants who underwent the skin patch testing for intellectual hypersensitivity before they got bone or joint implants and around 41 participants were tested after they got the implant.

68% of the participants from the pre-implantation group reacted to 1 metal and 15 other participants reacted to more than 1 metal. For all the participants who reacted to metals, the surgeons used an implant which was devoid of any metal. This helped the patients not to develop any skin problem or early joint loosening during their follow-up. Amongst those participants who were tested after the joint and bone implant and those who had a positive test patch were more probable to suffer from a clinical history of intellectual hypersensitivity than those participants who did not get positive result of skin patch test. Chronic pain at the region of implanted device was the most obvious reason for patients being referred to this skin patch test.

10 patients had one positive skin patch test to the metal, which was present as a component in their implants. 6 out of those had to get their implants removed and this ceased their symptoms. 4 patients who did not get their implants removed, continued suffering from the problem. The study recognizes the needs for the dermatologists and surgeons should come together and work, establish guidelines with an objective to recognize the patients who would be on better side from the revision of earlier implanted metal.



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