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Dr. Rick Rosen Discusses Recent Cancer Findings Associated with Breast Implants

Posted April 13, 2017 in Breast Augmentation

There has been a significant amount of press recently after the FDA provided an update, regarding concerns over breast implants and a rare type of lymphoma that can develop around breast implants. Here is a quick review to hopefully alleviate some concerns.

-The lifetime risk currently of BIA-ALCL is 1:30,000. There are 139 individual case reports in the literature. Approximately 550,000 implants were placed in the US per year. ALCL is a type of Lymphoma, those possibly related to implants include the BIA in addition.

– No cases of this type of Lymphoma have been definitively associated  with smooth implants, only textured implants. Textured Silicone and Saline implants have been reported.

-It is a rare and treatable type of T cell Lymphoma that can develop around breast implants and is usually completely treated by complete Capsulectomy of the capsule around the implant and removal of the implant in bloc.

-The presentation is usually of a Seroma or fluid collection developing years after the original surgery.

-If a Seroma develops, diagnosis is usually made by Ultrasound, and Ultrasound guided aspiration of the fluid which is then sent for examination. If confirmed, then additional test may need to be performed.

-If you experience sudden swelling of the breast years after your surgery, see your surgeon. The appropriate steps will be taken and your treatment recommendations made.

-For further information, please go to or the FDA website.

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