Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Breast implants are used in both breast augmentation surgery to increase the breast size and in breast reconstruction to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast abnormality. Breast implants may also be used in revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast implant surgery. Tissue expanders are used in breast reconstruction following mastectomy, treatment of underdeveloped breasts, and treatment of soft tissue deformities. The expander is intended for temporary less than six months implantation under the skin subcutaneous or under the muscle submuscular. While tissue expanders are only indicated to be used for 6 months, to date there is no information on what duration of exposure to the Biocell texture may induce BIA-ALCL.
Ever since the Food and Drug Administration recalled textured breast implants in late July, the phone has not stopped ringing at the office of Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Kendall Peters. The agency said data analysis showed that the risk of developing the cancer with Allergan's implants was nearly 6 times the risk of developing the cancer from textured implants manufactured by other companies. The recall was based on reports of cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma worldwide, including 33 deaths.
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This past summer Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company, voluntarily recalled its textured breast implants because of links to the cancer, called breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma BIA-ALCL. The cancer, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, can reside in the scar tissue and fluid near the breast implant and spread throughout the body, compromising the immune system. However, the numbers may be higher because the most recent figures were documented Sept.