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Letters Breast implants

Rupture of breast implant shell must be differentiated from gel bleed

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2574
  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}

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

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