Vol.19 No.805 Monday Edition, August 5, 2019 Fifth news page

The majority of confirmed cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma have occurred in people with textured surface implants. / A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo.

Authorities call on plastic surgeons not to use Allergan brand implants that have been linked to cancer

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Technovigilance Center of the Ministry of Health has asked plastic surgeons to suspend the use of Biocell brand breast implants.

The ministry cited an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that showed an  association between these types of breast implants and a type of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Food and Drug asked Allergan pic company to recall all Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders in the United States.

Allergan, a company based in Dublin, Ireland, has decided to voluntarily and globally remove all breast implants and tissue expanders type Biocell, as a precautionary measure after the notification of the Food and Drug's Reports of Medical Devices on worldwide deaths related to these products.

"On this new information, the ministry calls on plastic surgeons to immediately suspend the use of Biocell breast implants from the manufacturer company Allergan," said the ministry in its statement. In addition, ministry specialist asked plastic surgeons to make contact to receive more information about the process to follow on this alert.

June 21, as A.M. Costa Rica reported, the Ministry made the first alert on breast implants linked to cancer. The inserts are saline-filled and silicone-filled textured breast implants.

The majority of confirmed cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma have occurred in people with textured surface implants, although cases have been reported in patients with smooth surface implants, said the ministry in its statement.

This type of tumor is not breast cancer, but it affects the immune system and is usually found in scar tissue and fluid near the implant. In some cases, it can spread throughout the body, the ministry said.

The specialists of the National Technovigilance Center gives a couple of recommendations to women who have had this type of operation:

- It is normal that after surgery that there are swelling and pain. But, if the patient notice changes in the way the breast looks or feels after recovering from the surgery, she should contact the doctor immediately to confirm or discard the possibility of  anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

-A patient who notices any irregularities associated with implants should notify to the National Technovigilance Center. The information will be handled in a confidential manner, the center said.

Although the number of identified cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma is small compared to the estimated 1.5 million patients who had breast implants worldwide each year, the confirmed data and the published information that has been reviewed to date suggests that patients with breast implants have a higher risk, said Guiselle Rodríguez-Hernández, director of the center.

The Food and Drug updated alert on breast implants can be found here.*

Have you heard about cancer caused by breast implants? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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