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Johnson & Johnson recalls jaw implants

1 September 2014

Johnson & Johnson recalls jaw implants

Johnson & Johnson is recalling some lots of its implant used to correct defects of the jaw following more than a dozen cases of injury, according to Reuters.

The Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System, used to correct birth or post-traumatic jaw defects by gradually lengthening the bone, is being recalled as it may reverse after surgery. Infants are at the highest risk for injury if the device fails, as sudden obstruction of the trachea leading to respiratory arrest and death, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said.

There have been 15 reports of injury associated with the use of this device. 

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