Breast Implant - Important Recall

By: Queensland Health

Breast Implant - Important Recall

 

Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIAALCL)
 
BIA-ALCL is a rare type of lymphoma that has been reported in women with a textured breast implant device. It is a cancer of the immune system,
not a type of breast cancer. When identified early, it may be curable in most patients.
 
Signs and Symptoms:
All women with or without breast implants should regularly perform thorough self-examinations of their breasts in line with recommended guidelines.
The most common symptom of BIA-ALCL is swelling of the breast. It can also present as a lump in the breast or in the armpit. If you think there are
any changes, or if you have any concerns, consult your general practitioner (GP) or treating Specialist/Surgeon who will undertake the required
tests. Testing for BIA-ALCL is only recommended if you are experiencing symptoms.


Please note: it is normal to have some breast swelling for a period of time after your breast implant operation, and your doctor will advise how long this swelling should be expected.
 

Cause:
Whilst it is not possible to predict those who will develop BIA-ALCL, the risk is considered rare.
There are various types of implants. The rougher and more textured the implant, the higher the risk appears to be.At the time of publishing, there has not been a documented case of BIA-ALCL in a patient with only smooth implants. If you are unsure about what type of breast implant you received, contact your doctor or health service that performed the breast implant procedure.

 
 
Other resources:
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration are investigating the association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma or BIA-ALCL). Further information can be found on their website https://www.tga.gov.au/breast-implant-associated-cancer-or-bia-alcl (https://www.tga.gov.au/breast-implant-associated-cancer-or-bia-alcl).
 
 
Help and assistance:
As identified above, if you think there are any changes or if you have concerns consult your general practitioner (GP) or call 13 HEALTH for further advice.
 
 
Recall of Breast Implants
Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants have been removed from the Australian market as they have been found to have a higher risk of BIAALCL.
For women who have had the Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants, it is recommended that the breast implants are not removed unless symptoms are present (swelling in the breast or lump in the breast or armpit).

 

For women who have had the Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants, it is recommended that the breast implants are not removed unless symptoms are present (swelling in the breast or lump in the breast or armpit).

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