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Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed a direct link between a rare form of blood cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL ) and structured breast implants. Now, a new case study has found a potential link between stump implants and the same rare disease.
The study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, describes the case of a woman who had two textured silicones inserts on the buttocks. Shortly thereafter, she began developing ulcers and fluid around her implants, and a year later she was diagnosed with ALCL. Unfortunately, the diagnosis came too late, and cancer had already spread in the body and tumors formed in her lungs. Despite aggressive chemotherapy, the woman died within months of her first diagnosis. [1
Why? Well, the reasons are not clear, but Elisabeth Potter, M.D. "In my own experience, textured implants create a more adhesive capsule around the breast implant, which differs from the capsule around a smooth implant, by the capsule around a structured implant more adherent to the surrounding tissue," said Dr. Potter before Form . "ALCL is a cancer of the immune system, so there may be an interaction between the immune system and this structured capsule that contributes to the disease."
Yes, this news is alarming given the already existing relationship between breast implants and ALCL. However, the authors of the study found that this case shows only one association between the woman's textured implants and ALCL. You can not confirm that the implants have actually caused the woman's cancer. (See also: Is breast implant disease real? All you need to know about the controversial condition.)
However, the authors warned women against being better informed about possible implants complications and urged them to get informed What exactly are they are in their bodies.
"You need to know if the implant is externally textured or smooth, what type of material the implant fills in (saline or silicone), the shape of the implant (round or teardrop shaped) Name of the manufacturer and the year in which the implant was placed. " Potter. "Ideally, your surgeon will give you a map with this information and the serial number of the implants." This can help you if there is a recall on the implant or if an adverse reaction occurs.
In light of these recent reports, the FDA will hold a public meeting later this year to "ensure that patients and healthcare providers continue to receive accurate, science-based information about the safety and efficacy of breast implants."
Hopefully, these red flags encourage at least physicians to have informed discussions with their patients and to continue to investigate any health problems that may be associated with implants.