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Thursday, May 23, 2013
I suspect that I have austenitic surgical steel screws in my foot. Does this alloy, which I now know contains iron, create complications in people with hemochromatosis (or at least who are experiencing symptoms as a "carrier" of the disease)?
Thank you for your question. To our knowledge, there have never been any reports of iron overload resulting from surgical implants of any type.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University