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United States clears silicone breast implants

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:8
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    An independent panel of US scientists convened at the request of Congress has concluded that silicone breast implants do not cause any major disease but that they do frequently leak and rupture, causing local problems such as scarring, infection, and disfigurement. These last symptoms may result in the need for further surgery.

    The panel was formed by 13 members of the Institute of Medicine, …

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