Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

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The Dow Corning case raised serious questions about the safety of silicone breast implants and about larger issues of medical device testing and patient education. Safety of Silicone Breast Implants presents a well-documented, thoughtful exploration of the safety of these devices, drawing conclusions from the available research base and suggesting further questions to be answered. This book also examines the sensitive issues surrounding women's decisions about implants. In reaching conclusions, the committee reviews: The history of the silicone breast implant and the development of its chemistry. The wide variety of U.S.-made implants and their regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. Frequency and consequences of local complications from implants. The evidence for and against links between implants and autoimmune disorders, connective tissue disease, neurological problems, silicone in breast milk, or a proposed new syndrome. Evidence that implants may be associated with lower frequencies of breast cancer. Safety of Silicone Breast Implants provides a comprehensive, well-organized review of the science behind one of the most significant medical controversies of our time.Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, Institute of Medicine Stuart Bondurant, Virginia Ernster, Roger Herdman. IMPLANT CATALOGUE 57 IMPLANT TYPES Implants come in a great range of sizes, generally from 80 to 800 cubic ... The chemical composition and weight-average molecular weight of the gel differs from manufacturer to manufacturer and from time ... Some of these implants (valved) may be inflatable, so that their volume can be changed during implantation.

Title:Safety of Silicone Breast Implants
Author:Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, Institute of Medicine
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2000-01-06


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