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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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St. Gobain Desmarquest Zirconia Ceramic Femoral Head

Audience: Orthopedic Surgeons

Healthcare professionals are notified of a voluntary recall of the unimplanted inventory of nine batches of zirconia ceramic femoral heads manufactured by a French manufacturer, and by U.S. manufacturers that have included these components in their hip prostheses. The component was recalled by its French manufacturer St. Gobain Desmarquest August 14 because it was fracturing at a higher rate than expected in some patients 13 to 27 months after being implanted.