Buttock Implants Linked To Deadly Cancer In First Reported Case

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Buttock Implants Linked To Deadly Cancer In First Reported Case
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Buttock Implants Linked To Deadly Cancer In First Reported Case


Buttock Implants Linked To Deadly Cancer In First Reported Case.

Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning that they are seeing more cases of a rare cancer linked to breast implants and they want doctors to be on the lookout for warning signs. However, a woman with buttock implants was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that, until now, has largely been linked to breast implants, according to a new report of the woman’s case.

In recent years some people have suspected that their breast implants have made them very ill with diseases such as:

  • lupus
  • scleroderma
  • sclerosis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome

The FDA reports that at least 457 people have developed the disease and nine have died since the ailment was first reported in 2011.


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This lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which means it’s a cancer that affects immune system cells.

The disease can occur in multiple parts of the body, including the lymph nodes and skin. While it can occur in breast tissue, it isn’t breast cancer. The case marks the first time that this cancer — called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) — has been tied to buttock implants, the report authors said. [More Women Reported To Have Rare Cancer Linked to Breast Implants ]

Most of these cases have occurred among women with textured breast implants, according to the FDA.

The woman’s “case helps to demonstrate that many textured implants could potentially be [a] risk [factor] for ALCL and that in general, the discussion should move from ‘breast implant-associated cancer’ to ‘implant-associated [cancer],’ to better encompass the full spectrum of disease,” the authors wrote in the report, published Feb. 15 in Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

In the case, the 49-year-old woman received gluteal textured implants about one year before she was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors observed that she had an ulceration on the skin around her implants, and imaging tests revealed fluid around the implants.

Unfortunately, the cancer spread to other parts of her body, including her lungs. A biopsy of a mass in her lung revealed “hallmark” cells of ALCL, the report said. Despite aggressive chemotherapy, the patient died several months later.

The authors noticed that this case just demonstrates a relationship between the lady’s finished inserts and ALCL, and they can’t affirm that the inserts were the reason for the lady’s cancer. The specialists likewise composed that this patient seemed to have an especially forceful malignancy, which was analyzed only one year after her inserts.

Still, the authors stressed that doctors should “recognize that patients with textured silicone implants other than breast implants may also be at risk of ALCL.” Patients considering textured implants should be informed about the possible risks, and know how to spot signs of implant complications, the authors wrote.

What Causes A Breast Implant Illness?

Scientists say this could be due to the fact that textured implants have a greater surface area on which bacteria can form. These bacteria can cause a low-grade infection that could trigger an immune response that ultimately, in very rare cases, results in BIA-ALCL.

If you choose a textured type of implant, it’s essential to prevent infection. Infection is a much more common illness caused by breast implants. Any surgery comes with infection risks, including breast augmentation. Infections can occur when a surgery site isn’t kept clean or if bacteria enters your breast during surgery.

Symptoms Of Breast Implant Illness?

ALCL is often contained inside the tissue surrounding the implant but can spread to other parts of your body, including the lymph nodes. The main symptoms include:

  • continuous swelling or pain around your breast implant, which may occur long after a surgical incision has healed or many years after implants are inserted.
  • fluid collection around your breast implant.
  • capsular contracture, which is a lump under your skin or thick scar tissue around the implant.

Symptoms of other breast implant complications vary. As noted above, infection is one complication associated with BIA-ALCL. So it’s important to treat any breast implant complications that arise. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should call your doctor right away:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain
  • discharge
  • change in breast shape or color
  • fever

Should Breast Implants Be Removed?

Removing breast implants from people who don’t have symptoms could put them at unnecessary risks for other surgical complications.

“Researchers advise it currently not recommending that asymptomatic women with breast implants go and have their breast implants removed.”

What About People Who Want To Get Breast Implants?

While there appears to be a risk, the number of cases reported is a tiny fraction of the number of people who’ve had breast implants. “The good news is that a vast majority of patients with implants have nothing to worry about. This is a very, very, small number. It’s one-tenth of a percent at most.”

However, patients should talk to their surgeon to understand if they generally use smooth or textured implants. [Breast Implants Linked To Rare Cancer Case ]

Are Breast Implant Illnesses Treated?

If you’re diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, your doctor will recommend a PET-CT scan to check for signs of lymphoma in other parts of your body. This cancer, while rare, is quite aggressive and can spread.

For most people with BIA-ALCL that’s confined to the tissues surrounding one or both breasts, surgical removal of one or both implants is necessary. With an earlier stage 1 diagnosis, implant removal is enough to stop the progression of the disease.

However, for cancer at stage 2 or higher that’s spread, more aggressive treatment is necessary. In addition to implant removal, chemotherapy can slow or stop disease progression.

Can You Prevent A Breast Implant Illness?

The survival rate for people with BIA-ALCL is relatively high at 89 percent at five years for those with stage 2 cancer or higher. The survival rate is even higher for people with stage 1 cancer who have a complete removal of their affected implant or implants and cancerous breast tissues.

Although there are risks associated with breast augmentation, it’s still considered a safe procedure. Before your procedure, make sure you understand your risks for complications. Keep in mind that the risk for BIA-ALCL is exceedingly rare.

Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions closely. See your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your breasts or health, especially if you experience signs of infection.

 

 

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