Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 91–94 | Cite as

Ruptured Poly-Implant Protheses Breast Implant After Aesthetic Breast Augmentation: Diagnosis, Case Management, and Histologic Evaluation

  • M. Dieterich
  • J. Stubert
  • A. Stachs
  • A. Radke
  • T. Reimer
  • B. Gerber
Case Report Breast


Since the scandal of the poly-implant protheses (PIP) breast implants, all patients with PIP are advised to have their implants removed. With approximately 400,000 PIP implants sold worldwide breast, surgeons will be confronted with these patients. Histologic examination in the reported case showed silicone infiltration into fatty tissue and breast tissue without signs of malignancy. A general histologic analysis for the rare event of an anaplastic large T cell lymphoma is not advised. The malignant potential of PIP implants currently is uncertain, and further investigation is required.

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Breast implants Histology PIP Rupture Surgery 



The authors thank Prof. Dr. Med. Werner Audretsch for his critical comments and advice as well as Peter Koerfgen for his English proofreading.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Dieterich
    • 1
  • J. Stubert
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Stachs
    • 1
  • A. Radke
    • 3
  • T. Reimer
    • 1
  • B. Gerber
    • 1
  1. 1.Breast Unit, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Research Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of RostockRostockGermany
  3. 3.Institute of PathologyHospital SuedstadtRostockGermany

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