Friday, April 16, 2010
French Company Develops Exploding Breast Implants
Officials in England have issued an alert to plastic surgeons after it was discovered some breast implants manufactured in France and sold worldwide are twice as likely to explode as standard implants, the Daily Express newspaper reported Monday.
The implants were made with an unapproved silicone gel and could affect 45,000 women worldwide who proudly wear the breasts made in the now-closed French factory.
Dr. Cynara Coomer, Fox News Medical A-Team member and breast surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, told FoxNews.com that although broken implants are rare, they can potentially be dangerous.
“An exploding breast implant is one that has ruptured, or the lining capsule is essentially broken, and silicone can leak out into the natural breast tissue,” Coomer said. “That can cause a severe infection such as gangrene or toxic shock.”
The French government banned the sale of the implants made by Poly Implant Prothese, but 90 percent of them have already been shipped to surgeons abroad.