Metallosis From Defective Scoliosis Growing Rods
A dangerous medical condition associated with scoliosis growing rods is metallosis. Metallosis is metal poisoning caused by the presence of metal ions in the body.
These cases of metallosis indicate a device failure. We are currently investigating lawsuits against scoliosis growing rod manufacturers over metal poisoning caused by faulty devices.
What is Metallosis?
Metallosis occurs when there is metal-on-metal contact within a medical device, and this friction sheds metal particles into the body. These metal particles essentially poison the body, leading to bone and tissue death, severe pain, and failure of the medical device.
Typically, common symptoms of metallosis include:
- Visual impairment
- Auditory impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Nerve problems
- Heart failure
- Thyroid problems
- Skin rashes
- Loosening or failure of the medical device
Is Metallosis Linked to Scoliosis Growing Rods?
There have been recent reports of metallosis caused by scoliosis growing rods in young children. Most growing rods must be lengthened every six months as the child grows. In some cases, metal-on-metal contact occurs as the extending bar is adjusted.
A study conducted on the NuVasive MAGEC System growing rod found that metal-on-metal contact was so prevalent, the diameter of the extending bar had been reduced by the friction. This produced significant titanium debris inside the rod that could easily escape into the child’s body.
What is the NuVasive MAGEC System?
The NuVasive MAGEC System is a magnetically controlled growing rod system that is used to treat Early Onset Scoliosis in children under the age of 10.
The MAGEC System includes a titanium adjustable growing rod that is surgically implanted and can thereafter be distracted externally as the child grows. Magnets within the growing rod interact with magnets in an External Remote Controller, allowing the physician to control how the rod is lengthened.
Traditionally, growing rods could only be lengthened by additional surgery, which typically had to occur every six months. NuVasive touts the MAGEC System as an innovative alternative to constant surgery.
However, there have been several reports recently of the MAGEC System failing, including cases of metallosis, which has caused children to undergo additional unplanned surgeries despite the MAGEC System’s advertised benefits.
Can You Get Metallosis from the NuVasive MAGEC System?
There have been several cases reported of metallosis caused by the NuVasive MAGEC System. As distraction occurs internally, the metal-on-metal contact between the rod and the extending bar can release titanium debris.
A study found that the friction was so severe in some cases that the extending bar had decreased in diameter. The reduction could even be seen by the naked eye in certain instances.
Another safety concern of the MAGEC System is the failure of the O-ring seal. When this occurs in conjunction with metal-on-metal friction, the titanium debris inside the rod is allowed to escape into the body, thus causing metallosis.
What are Other Complications of the NuVasive MAGEC System?
The long-term effects of metallosis in children is still unknown. Most studies conducted on metallosis focus on cobalt-chromium ions present in adults, but there is little information on the effects of titanium ions in young children.
However, there is some tangential evidence that titanium wear from joint replacements can induce aneuploidy in vitro and in vivo. Recently, links to heart failure have also been reported.
Another major complication of the NuVasive MAGEC System is unplanned revision surgery to repair the various failings of the device, including metallosis. Other device failures include:
- Failure of the rod to lengthen
- Rod fracture
- Drive pin fracture
- O-ring seal failure
- Anchor failure
A study on the MAGEC System device found that 43 out of 195 patients required unplanned revision surgery.
Can I File a Scoliosis Growing Rod Metallosis Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if your child has suffered metallosis as a result of a scoliosis growing rod.
Lawsuits have been filed against growing rod manufacturers for the complications caused by their devices. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered.
We have the experience necessary to take on powerful manufacturers like NuVasive. Our top-rated lawyers are handling litigation nationwide and are currently accepting new MAGEC System cases in all 50 states.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement, and we pay all of the case costs. When we take on a case, we handle it from start to finish so that you can focus on healing.
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How Do I Start a Scoliosis Growing Rod Metallosis Claim?
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- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
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