Breast implants

Rupture of breast implant shell must be differentiated from gel bleed

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2574 (Published 1 May 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2574

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  1. Catherine Boffa, SpR general surgery1,
  2. Ramsey I Cutress, consultant breast surgeon1,
  3. Caroline M Rubin, consultant radiologist1,
  4. Nigel Horlock, consultant plastic surgeon2,
  5. Gavin T Royle, consultant breast surgeon1
  1. 1Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
  2. 2Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ, UK
  1. catherine.boffa{at}nhs.net

Confusion has been caused by differences in definition of leakage of silicone from breast implants.1 The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency website (www.mhra.gov.uk) usefully differentiates between rupture of the shell of the …

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