Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that can develop following breast implant surgery, is more likely to occur in women with textured implants, according to a new FDA Safety Alert.
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What’s the Problem?
March 21, 2017 – FDA’s analysis of data has concluded that most cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) occurred in women with textured implants compared to those with smooth implants. The condition occurs most frequently in patients undergoing implant revision operations for late onset, persistent seroma, according to the FDA.
In January 2011, FDA warned breast implant recipients to notify their doctors of any changes to their implants due to a potential link between the devices and anaplastic large cell lymphoma. At the time of the warning, the agency was aware of at least 34 cases of BIA-ALCL in women with both saline and silicone breast implants.
Since then, the number of cases of BIA-ALCL has grown to at least 359, including 9 deaths, according to the FDA. The vast majority of these cases involved textured implants; BIA-ALCL was associated with both silicone and saline implants.
Symptoms of ALCL include:
- Breast Pain
- Lump in the breast
- Asymmetry that develops after breast implant surgery sites were fully healed
FDA is advising women who are considering breast implants to talk to their doctor about the potential benefits and risks of textured-surface vs. smooth-surfaced implants before undergoing surgery.
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