Silicone Breast Implants and Connective Tissue Disease: An Overiew

Harry Spiera, Robert F. Spiera

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Abstract

Silicone breast implants have been implicated in the possible pathogenesis of various connective tissue diseases. These findings have had a major impact not only on the medical and legal communities, but also on the community at large. In this communication, we review the history of the breast implant controversy, and examine the medical evidence regarding the possible link of silicone gel implants with connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Finally, we give a broad overview of the topic and offer some general suggestions regarding the care of patients who have silicone breast implants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-371
Number of pages9
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Volume64
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997

Keywords

  • Connective tissue disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Silicone breast implants

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