Systemic inflammatory disorder related to fibrous breast capsules after silicone implant removal

Michelle Copeland, Aron Kressel, Harry Spiera, George Hermann, Ira J. Bleiweiss

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Abstract

Silicone breast implants have been implicated in inflammatory disorders of connective tissue. The fibrous capsules that form around these implants are usually inert and are not generally removed when the prostheses are explanted. We report a patient in whom reactive bilateral submammary cysts and systemic inflammation developed when intact silicone breast implants were removed without capsulectomy. The improvement in systemic symptoms which followed excision of the capsules and the histopathologic findings raise the possibility that retained silicone material within the wall of the capsule may contribute to adverse reactions in susceptible patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1179-1181
Number of pages3
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes

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