Researchers at National Jewish Health have developed a blood test that detects whether a person is allergic to nickel, a common material used in total joint replacement devices.
“We are an aging society, and the number of people who need new joints is going to increase and, for some of these people, they won’t know that they’re allergic until after the implant is put in,” Karin Pacheco, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health, stated in a press release. “Nine out of 10 people who get implants do great. But 10% don’t, and they’re miserable.”
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