Laboratory confirmed polymethyl-methacrylate (Palacos((R)))-hypersensitivity after cranioplasty.
Summary of "Laboratory confirmed polymethyl-methacrylate (Palacos((R)))-hypersensitivity after cranioplasty."
Polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) as part of bone cement is a widely used material in the context of orthopaedic implants and also in cranioplasty. Although PMMA is characterised by excellent biocompatibility with low intrinsic toxicity and inflammatory activation, a minor portion of patients develop allergic reactions. We present the case of a 39-year-old woman with an increasing headache and a corresponding erythema over the parieto-occipital cranioplasty, which was performed 42 days prior using a PMMA compound. A patch test specific for bone cement components confirmed the diagnosis of a PMMA delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction. The prevalence of allergic reactions to bone cement components are known to vary from between 0.6% and 1.6%, however no adequate, pre-interventional diagnostic tool is currently available. Therefore, physicians are required to consider this differential diagnosis even after an extremely delayed onset of symptoms. This case describes the first ever-reported case in the literature of hypersensitivity to bone cement cranioplasty.
Department of Neurosurgery, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Rorschacher Strasse 95, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Clinical neurology and neurosurgery
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20719430
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clineuro.2010.07.013
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Polymerized methyl methacrylate monomers which are used as sheets, moulding, extrusion powders, surface coating resins, emulsion polymers, fibers, inks, and films (From International Labor Organization, 1983). This material is also used in tooth implants, bone cements, and hard corneal contact lenses.
The methyl ester of methacrylic acid. It polymerizes easily to form POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE. It is used as a bone cement.
Dental cements composed either of polymethyl methacrylate or dimethacrylate, produced by mixing an acrylic monomer liquid with acrylic polymers and mineral fillers. The cement is insoluble in water and is thus resistant to fluids in the mouth, but is also irritating to the dental pulp. It is used chiefly as a luting agent for fabricated and temporary restorations. (Jablonski's Dictionary of Dentistry, 1992, p159)
Bisphenol A-glycidyl Methacrylate
The reaction product of bisphenol A and glycidyl methacrylate that undergoes polymerization when exposed to ultraviolet light or mixed with a catalyst. It is used as a bond implant material and as the resin component of dental sealants and composite restorative materials.
Allergic reaction to products containing processed natural rubber latex such as rubber gloves, condoms, catheters, dental dams, balloons, and sporting equipment. Both T-cell mediated (HYPERSENSITIVITY, DELAYED) and IgE antibody-mediated (HYPERSENSITIVITY, IMMEDIATE) allergic responses are possible. Delayed hypersensitivity results from exposure to antioxidants present in the rubber; immediate hypersensitivity results from exposure to a latex protein.
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