Breast Implant Illness: A Biofilm Hypothesis

An interesting article by Mark Lee et al investigating Breast Implant Illness (BII), published in the latest issue of PRS Global Open. The authors identified abnormalities in a significant number of patients identifying as having BII and so believe BII to be a genuine entity worthy of further study.

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An interesting article by Mark Lee et al investigating Breast Implant Illness (BII), published in the latest issue of PRS Global Open. The authors identified abnormalities in a significant number of patients identifying as having BII and so believe BII to be a genuine entity worthy of further study.

Breast implant illness” (BII) is a poorly defined cluster of nonspecific symptoms, attributed by patients as being caused by their breast implants. These symptoms can include joint pain, skin and hair changes, concentration, and fatigue. Many patients complaining of BII symptoms are dismissed as psychosomatic. There are currently over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles on breast implants, but at the time of commencing this study, only 2 articles discussed this entity. At the same time, mainstream media and social media are exploding with nonscientific discussion about BII.

This article investigates 50 consecutive patients, self-referring for explantation due to BII. The authors conclude that BII is a genuine entity worth of further study.

Improved microbiology culture techniques may identify a larger proportion of chronic infection, and further investigation of immune phenotypes and toxicology may also be warranted in this group.

 

See the full article here: https://journals.lww.com/prsgo/Fulltext/2020/04000/Breast_Implant_Illness__A_Biofilm_Hypothesis.1.aspx?WT.mc_id=HPxADx20100319xMP

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Jian Farhadi

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital London & Plastic Surgery Group Zurich

Professor Farhadi is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and previous Director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He trained in Switzerland and London, where he developed a specialisation in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, including microvascular breast reconstruction. Due to his extensive experience he has become an authority on this subject, where he is regularly invited as a speaker to national and international conferences. Professor Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is co-Chair of the European Master’s in surgical oncology, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.
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