- This week, the Food and Drug Administration will convene to discuss the safety of breast implants.
- The General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee is meeting to revisit a decades-long debate and make possible recommendations about implants.
- In some cases, implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
- The committee also plans to discus systemic symptoms among patients, the implementation of patient registries, the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening to detect when silicone implants have ruptured, the use of surgical mesh, and best practices for informed patient consent.
- The committee will meet on Monday and Tuesday, and the meetings are open to the public.
This week, the Food and Drug Administration will meet to discuss the safety of breast implants.
On Monday and Tuesday, the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee will convene to revisit a decades-long debate and make possible recommendations about implants, a notice for the meeting said.
The committee will also discuss findings that implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ALCL can appear in the skin, lymph nodes and organs, and is most common in people 55 and older.
A spokesperson for the FDA said in a statement earlier this month that breast implants have been linked to a variety of side effects. In a joint statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health Dr. Jeff Shuren, they said they had heard from many who had who believed their implants were linked to “symptoms like chronic fatigue, cognitive issues, and muscle pain.”
“While the FDA doesn’t have definitive evidence suggesting breast implants are associated with these conditions, we’re looking to gain a fuller understanding of this issue to communicate risk, minimise harm and help in the treatment of affected patients,” the statement said.
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