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New DePuy Recall Warning Issued by FDA

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DePuy Orthopaedics has another device that may cause severe health risks for patients.  The FDA issued a Class 1 Recall for the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component that is used to replace the mid-shaft portion of the femur and top of the tibia.  A "Class 1" Recall indicates the most dangerous adverse consequencs may occur as a result of the faulty device.  Reports show that this device is subject to failure when exposed to normal loads while walking.  The fracture of the device can lead to pain, infection, loss of function, loss of limb, neurovascular injury and/or need for revision surgery.  Patients who are overweight and those who are highly active are at a higher risk for device failure.  DePuy issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall on July 11 stating that distributers and physicians should stop using the recalled devices.  The company also distributed information on how to detect whether a certain implant has failed or is creating a risk to the patient.

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