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PIP implants don’t pose risk to health, expert group concludes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4234 (Published 18 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4234
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The final report of an expert group looking into the safety of silicone breast implants manufactured by the French firm Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) has concluded that although the implants are more likely to rupture or leak silicone than other devices, they do not pose a risk to human health.1

In the light of this evidence the Department of Health for England has reiterated its advice to the 40 000 UK women who had the implants not to have them removed routinely but to seek clinical advice.2 An estimated 747 women had breast augmentation surgery with PIP implants done on the NHS and are entitled to have the implants removed and replaced …

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