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Dangerous breast implants warning

18th June 2010

Women across the UK who have had breast enlargements have been warned to have check-ups.

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The alert comes amid fears that up to 50,000 British women may have been given implants that could be dangerous.

The suggestion is they have implants filled with a silicone gel that may not have undergone vital safety tests and a protective coating designed to stop the implant from splitting is missing.

The Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) were widely used but now the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has told surgeons to stop using the implants.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) urged women who have had implants to contact their surgeon to find out what brand was used and those with PIP implants should have an ultrasound test to check for flaws.

Bristol plastic surgeon Nigel Mercer, the BAAPS president, said: “This is certainly an unusual situation but so far there is no serious cause for alarm.

“While further tests are conducted into the substance, we recommend that women who have undergone breast augmentation contact their surgeons to find out what kind of implant was used. If it's PIP, they should have an ultrasound in the next six months, to establish whether there is any rupture. Removal is recommended in these cases.”

The problem came to light after a French investigation.

The NHS does remove damaged implants but will not pay for new ones.

In addition, PIP which was once the world’s third-largest manufacturer of implants, has gone into liquidation.


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