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Dyspnea Associated with Silicone Breast Implant Rupture [Eurasian J Pulmonol]
Eurasian J Pulmonol. 2015; 17(2): 117-118 | DOI: 10.5152/ejp.2015.83803  

Dyspnea Associated with Silicone Breast Implant Rupture

Katherine Rider, Hatice Kaya, Guillermo Gutierrez
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, The George Washington University MFA, Washington DC

We present a case of a 48-year-old woman with a significant history of atopy. She presented with a 1-month history of dyspnea on exertion. Pulmonary function testing was normal, with no obstruction or reversibility post-bronchodilation. Bilateral breast implant rupture was detected on further investigation for a left upper lobe nodule, and the patient underwent bilateral implant removal. There was an improvement in her respiratory symptoms. Systemic symptoms, labeled as “Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants,” are known to be associated with breast implants, with 14% of women in a cohort developing autoimmune disease secondary to their implants. An improvement in symptoms has been demonstrated following breast implant removal.

Keywords: Breast implants, dyspnea, hypersensitivity, rupture

Katherine Rider, Hatice Kaya, Guillermo Gutierrez. Dyspnea Associated with Silicone Breast Implant Rupture. Eurasian J Pulmonol. 2015; 17(2): 117-118

Corresponding Author: Katherine Rider, United States

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