Media are too eager to link silicone to disease

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7129.477 (Published 07 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:477
  1. Nicholas Collis, Specialist registrar in plastic and reconstructive surgerya,
  2. Christopher T K Khoo, Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeona,
  3. David T Sharpe, Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeona
  1. a Breast Special Interest Group, British Association of Plastic Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PN

    See pp 403, 417

    Editor—Legal aid has been granted to a woman who alleges that her child's stomach cramps, skin problems, and food allergies are due to a silicone breast implant. The controversy surrounding silicone breast implants continues despite epidemiological studies finding no connection with neurological and connective tissue diseases.

    Use of silicone is common. Some teats of infant bottles are made of silicone (box), and all are lubricated with silicone oil; baby milk formulas contain silicone. Silicone in breast milk is independent of …

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