Clinical, immunological and bacteriological evaluation of adverse reactions to skin-penetrating titanium implants in the head and neck region

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Between 1977 and October 1989, 445 patients have been treated with bone-anchored skin-penetrating titanium implants for anchorage of facial prostheses or bone-conducting hearing aids, at the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Sahlgren's Hospital in Gothenburg. The majority of patients had no adverse skin reactions, while a few patients were responsible for the majority of the adverse reactions. The aim of our study was to analyse differences between these groups. We started a clinical study on 9 patients with a clinical history of adverse skin reactions around the titanium implants and 9 patients without adverse skin reactions were used as controls. None of the patients had delayed hypersensitivity to titanium. Microbiological analyses showed that when there was clinical irritation, Staphylococcus aureus could be isolated.


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  • Dermatologi och venereologi


Sidor (från-till)1-7
TidskriftContact Dermatitis
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 1992
Peer review utfördJa