Medical Implants & Chronic Disease
Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
We’re just going to leave this here:
According to Mark W. Clemens, MD, Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery and senior investigator, the team looked at “certain rare diseases” and found an association with some autoimmune diseases and cancers, including scleroderma and melanoma. “This study did not report a direct link or causative effect between implants and these diseases. It is important to understand a limitation of the study was that some diseases were reported by patients and not necessarily diagnosed by a physician,” said Clemens.
Another limitation? It doesn’t look at the big picture – other aspects of health, lifestyle, and environment that affect the state of an individual’s biological terrain and can make a person more vulnerable to disease or dysfunction in the face of additional insults. Still,
“This is important safety information for women to consider when thinking about cosmetic or reconstructive surgery with breast implants. It also underscores the need for more research in this area,” said Clemens.
According to the study, which reflected data from two implant manufacturers, one group of patients with one brand of silicone implants reported a two to eight times higher frequency of Sjogren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and melanoma compared to the general population. The other group of patients with another brand of silicone implants used for reconstruction reported scleroderma, Sjogren syndrome, and dermatomyositis more than twice as often as the general public. One case of breast implant associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma was reported.