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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
FDA Affirms Lymphoma Link to Breast Implants
Makes sense considering you are putting plastic in your body
via MedPage Today:
In 2011 the FDA became aware of a possible association between breast implants and subsequent development of ALCL. At the time so few cases of BIA-ALCL existed that the agency could not draw definitive conclusions about the association. Since then, information and understanding about the association increased substantially, including evidence that BIA-ALCL occurs more often in women who have implants with textured, rather than smooth, surfaces.
New information about BIA-ALCL came from medical device reports (MDRs), current medical literature, data from a patient registry established by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), and product and labeling information provided by implant manufacturers.
Last year the WHO officially recognized BIA-ALCL as a rare form of lymphoma. Also, the PSF and National Comprehensive Cancer Network published physician information about the disease, and several regulatory bodies outside the United States issued statements and shared new information about BIA-ALCL.