HIP FAILURE HIGHER IN WOMEN

By: Charles Lee

According to MedPage Today, hip implants in women are 29% more prone to failure than in men, where risks within aseptic revisions command even attention compared with septic failure.

35,140 studied patients undergoing primary total hip arthoplasty provided "valuable insights into the reasons for higher failure rates in women" Glenn Don Wera, MD, of UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland said.

While women with femoral head sizes of 36mm reached the "hazard ratio" larger than the men's', women with metal-on-metal implants were at double the risk versus men, said MedPage Today.

Despite several controlling factors such as: age, body mass index, diabetes status, degree of presurgical symptom severity, implant fixation method, device category, and even femoral head size, authors of the study reported online in the JAMA Internal Medicine that women reached higher levels of "hazard ratio" than men.

The team, led by Maria C.S. Inacia, MS, derived their data from Kaiser Permanente.

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