Cosmetic Breast Implantation And Rheumatic Conditions
Cosmetic breast surgery is used to correct certain types of disfigurement and underdevelopment of the breast. This can be done with or without a silicone breast implant but the latter from the cosmetic point of view seemed to be the method of choice for most women. For sometime now there has been speculation about the association between these implants and the occurrence of connective tissue diseases (CTDs) as well as other rheumatic conditions.
A study funded by the International Epidemiology Institute, Bethesda, USA, the Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, and the Dow Corning Corporation, Michigan, USA was carried out in Denmark to determine the effect of these implants.
A total of 2761 women with silicone breast implants and 8807 (control group) that had had other types of plastic surgery for the breast were identified from plastic surgery departments of private and public hospitals. Both these groups were compared with the Danish population rates for connective tissue disorders and other rheumatic conditions with the help of the Danish National Registry of patients for the occurrence of these problems over a span of 7yrs.
It was found that the association between silicone breast implants and definite connective tissue disease is unlikely. This would be a source of relief for many women particularly those who have undergone silicone breast implants after removal of the breast (mastectomy) for cancer.
- Implant Information Project, National Research Center for Women & Families : http://www.breastimplantinfo.org
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