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.
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.

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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