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FDA Update on Breast Implant ALCL Link

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its understanding on the risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) with breast implants, stating that the cancer is more likely to occur in women whose implants have textured surfaces.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had complications from a breast implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

March 21, 2017 – According to an FDA Safety Alert issued Tuesday, most data suggests that breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) occurs more frequently in women with textured breast implants compared to those with smooth implants.

ALCL is a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that occurs when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control. The condition typically occurs in patients undergoing implant revision operations for late onset, persistent seroma, according to the FDA.

As of February 1, 2017, FDA has received at least 359 medical device reports (MDRs) of BIA-ALCL, including 9 deaths. There were 231 reports that included information on the breast implant surface.

Of these, 203 reports involved textured implants and 28 involved smooth implants. Most of the reports contained no information about the surface textures of any previous implants.

Additionally, 312 of the 359 reports included information on implant fill types. Of these, 186 involved silicone implants and 126 involved saline implants.

Signs and symptoms of anaplastic large cell lymphoma include:

  • Breast pain
  • Lump in the breast
  • Swelling
  • Asymmetry that develops after breast implant surgery sites were fully healed

FDA is advising women who are considering breast implants to talk to their doctor about the potential benefits and risks of textured-surface vs. smooth-surfaced implants before undergoing surgery.

Do I Have a Breast Implant Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in breast implant lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems following breast implant surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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