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Genetic breakthrough offers new hope to hip replacement patients

A team of Adelaide researchers have identified a gene that determines which patients are seven times more likely to have an adverse reaction to certain implants.

Tens of thousands of Australians who have had a hip replacement currently may be living with a ticking time bomb, with metal-on-metal implants in some cases causing painful tumour-like lesions.

The award-winning breakthrough by Adelaide scientists at Adelaide’s Lyell McEwin Hospital however could help doctors determine which patients are most at risk of complications and avoid using the wrong implant.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/12/13/20/40/researchers-identify-gene-that-causes-hip-implants-to-form-lesions

 

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