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When Silicone Implants Burst

AN FIA study has confirmed what some earlier research had indicated, that silicone breast implants can break open, even when the woman has no symptoms. The study was conducted because the authority had concerns about the frequency and results of such rupture.

About a million women in the US have silicone implants, which have been banned from widespread use since 1992. Recently, a private company did indicate that it would try to get the FDA to change that ruling and bring back implant-, on a widespread basis.

The study involved 344 women who had their first implants before 1988. The [-'[)A used magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) examinations to determine whether their implants had ruptured. The study found that silicone implants had ruptured in two-thirds of the women. In 21 per cent or the implants, the silicone gel had leaked beyond the scar tissue around the implant.

The FIA study indicates that the rupture of silicone gel implants is much more common than previously thought. There have been studies in the past that have shown high rupture rates, but those studies looked at women who had problems and were concerned about their implants.

The significance of this study is that it was a random sampling of Women who were healthy, had no symptoms, and thought their implants were intact.

There is no concrete evidence as to the health effects in the implants do rupture. A lot of studies are ongoing, although at least one medical study last year seemed to indicate women with implants had no higher rate of cancer or auto immune diseases than other women.

This study will likely heighten and sharpen the debate about silicone breast implants. Some advocacy groups now say that they will go back to the FDA and ask them to ban their use In all cases. They are used now in a limited basis in clinical trials, mainly for use of women after breast cancer surgery. These groups say that the study indicates these silicone breast implants should not be used at all.

As reported in The Business Line News Service

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