Dr. Gregory House, M.D. Must Be Watching Our TV Commercials!
Last year you may have seen our television commercials for Styker Hip recalls. One of the things we educated the public on in the ads is that heightened levels of cobalt and chromium in the blood was a warning sign for having a bad hip implant. We aren’t medical doctors, and we don’t even play one on TV, but do you watch the show House?
Dr. Gregory House, M.D., is the title character of the American medical drama House. Portrayed by English actor Hugh Laurie, he leads a team of diagnosticians as the Head of Diagnostic Medicine at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey based on Yale-New Haven Hospital. My wife watches this show regularly, so I am forced to listen to their endless recitation of medical jargon, and I never really gave much of it a second thought. That said, House may be a fictional character, but he helped doctors with a real-life case.
The case, detailed in the journal The Lancet, involved a patient who visited a Marburg University clinic in Germany in 2012. The patient had severe heart failure, but he did not have coronary artery disease, which is a common cause of the condition.
However, the patient’s symptoms seemed very similar to those of a patient seen on an episode of the TV show House and on our television commercials! In the episode, the patient’s symptoms were caused by cobalt poisoning as a result of debris from a metal hip replacement.
A check in to the real-life patient’s medical history revealed that he had also undergone a metal-on-plastic hip replacement, which, half a year later, led to a number of symptoms including loss of sight and hearing, hypothyroidism and fever. Ultimately, he experienced heart failure.
The doctors diagnosed him with cobalt poisoning, and sent him back to his orthopedic clinic to receive a new hip — this time, one made of ceramic. After this hip replacement, his heart functioning improved.
Our Stryker cases haven’t gotten to trial or settlement yet, but you never know when something you see on TV, or one of our Television commercials, may save your life! For more information contact Babcock Partners, LLC personal injury lawyers today.