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More research is needed to confirm mesh-implanted patient symptoms are linked with autoimmune disorder, says U of A doctor.
Surgical mesh implants, often used for hernia or gynecological repair, may be the reason so many patients report symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, according to a University of Alberta rheumatologist.
“In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as “brain fog,” muscle and joint pain “fibromyalgia,” feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” said Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the U of A.
“Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”
Cohen Tervaert presented his study results at the 11th International Conference on ...