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What are the levels for chromium and cobalt in normal blood?

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what are the levels for chromium and cobalt in normal blood? My results say that my chromium level is 1.4 ppb and my cobalt level is 6.0 ppb. What does this really mean,please?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 6 years ago.
Hello, and I am pleased to help, use of my answers are for educational purposes only.
Do you have hardware in you such as a hip replacment????
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have a left hip replacement with metal on metal instead of the ceramic hip. I recently recieved my lab results and each test for is higher than the standard, my report for chromium says 1.4ppb as well as my cobalt test, which reads 6.0ppb, now my Orthopedic surgeon says I don't have anything to worry about, but that's not so. My levels are elevated and I worry about the future if I do not take this hip out. The levels will continue and I am unsure how they will affect me. Do you have results on what is normal range and what conditions I may face in the future if this is not replaced? Thanks for your time.
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 6 years ago.
Do you have this is mcg (micrograms) per mL (millilter value)?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
no the results say ppb?
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 6 years ago.
Thank you -
I actually just looked it up - I use mcg/mL - but this is the same as ppm - so Chromiump 1.4 ppb is equal to 0.0014 mcg/ mL -so a normal level is 0.05 to 0.5 mcg/mL - so you are okay JUST as your doctor has told you.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
what are the symptoms of elevated cobalt and chromium levels? What types of problems or disorders this may cause? Why is there burning sensation in my groin area?
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 6 years ago.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of cobaole and chromium toxicity:
1. Pain and irritation
2. Weakness
3. tumors
4. Inflammation and swelling
5. tendon injury and damage
6. Metal particles in your blood.

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