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FDA Requires Breast Implant Recall

August 12, 2019
FDA

Recently, it has been discovered that some models of textured breast implants may be causing large cell lymphoma in women who have received the implants. The manufacturer, Allergen has issued a recall in U.S markets because of the cancer risk and moving forward with a worldwide recall. This recall will also affect tissue expanders made by the manufacturer. So far, this recall will only affect unused implants. If you have already had a breast augmentation or reconstruction, you should speak with your doctor about the warning signs of large cell lymphoma.

The Risks

According to the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, the reported incidence of BIA-ALCL (large cell lymphoma) is low. However, the evidence suggests that some of the textured implants are directly linked to patient harm. Of the 573 BIA-ALCL cases, 481 of them are attributed to the Allergan textured implants. Meaning you are 6 times as likely to develop large cell lymphoma from Allergan implants when compared to other implants. You can find a breakdown of the known patients, their diagnoses, age, and more on the FDA website.

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