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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-37

Hip-implant related chorio-retinal cobalt toxicity

1 Department of Ophthalmology, South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, Level 8, East Wing Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
2 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 28 Woodville Road, Woodville South, Adelaide, South Australia
3 Adelaide Eye & Retina Centre, 18 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000, South Australia

Correspondence Address:
Soo K Ng
South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, Level 8, East Wing, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide SA 5000
South Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.105053

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A 39-year-old female with elevated serum cobalt levels from her bilateral hip prostheses presented with a 3-week history of blurred vision in her left eye. Optical coherence tomography revealed patchy degeneration of the photoreceptor-retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) complex. The lesions were hypofluorescent on indocyanine green angiography. We postulate that this is a case of implant-related chorio-retinal cobalt toxicity.

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