Silicone Breast
Implant Problems

Silicone Breast Implant Problems: Overview

What is known about silicone breast implants is that fibrous capsule contracture occurs in about 70% of cases two to four years after implantation.  The rate of complications – which include breast pain, contracture, rupture, infection, implant migration requiring surgery – approaches 50% at 10 years.  In a Mayo Clinic study, there was a 30% failure rate at 7.8 years.  Rheumatologists have described a veritable array of symptoms in more than 1,000 patients with silicone breast implants. Autoantibodies to collagen and extracellular matrix proteins and abnormalities of cell-mediated immunity have been found in women with silicone implants and not in controls.  There does not appear to be a serologic marker consistently associated with rheumatic disease in these patients.  These findings suggest that silicone implants may cause immune dysfunction and rheumatic disease in some patients, but it is very difficult to prove.

Signs and Symptoms

The syndrome includes the symptoms of arthralgia, myalgia, sicca complex, paresthesia, balance disturbance, night sweats, rashes, memory difficulty and fatigue.

Complications

In more than 80% of over 1,000 females with breast implants who were referred to neurologists at Baylor College of Medicine, mild to severe short-term memory loss was discovered.  Many of the individuals experienced a 70% recovery when the implants and any loose silicone surrounding them was removed.  SPECT testing of 15 of the women found diminished blood flow to the temporal lobe.  When the SPECT testing was done after the silicone was removed there was increased blood flow to the temporal lobes.

A full 70% of these thousand women had Sjogren's syndrome; 58% had Raynaud's phenomenon and 60% had dermatitis.

Plastic surgeon and president of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery said the patients in this study are not representative of all silicone breast implant patients and that this was a highly biased and selected group of women being fewer than a thousand out of the million U.S.  women who have had breast implants.  You are left to draw your own conclusions.

Silicone Disease

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Signs, symptoms & indicators of Silicone Breast Implant Problems:

Symptoms - General

Symptoms - Mind - General

Symptoms - Nervous

Symptoms - Skeletal

Symptoms - Skin - Conditions

Conditions that suggest Silicone Breast Implant Problems:

Autoimmune

Circulation

Mental

Musculo-Skeletal

Skin-Hair-Nails

Risk factors for Silicone Breast Implant Problems:

Symptoms - Female

Long-term silicone breast implants often increases risk of Silicone Breast Implant ProblemsRemoved/recent/long-term silicone breast implants
While most women will not have systemic problems from their silicone breast implants, the rate of local problems is much higher, and increases with the passage of time.
Counter-indicators:

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Weak or unproven link: may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Weak or unproven link:
may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Strong or generally accepted link: often increases risk of
Strong or generally accepted link:
often increases risk of
Definitely or absolutely counter-indicates: decreases risk of
Definitely or absolutely counter-indicates:
decreases risk of