Check breast implants for rupture, patients told

The implants, which have been used in about 8900 Australian women, were the subject of a product recall last year after the French regulatory agency found them to have an increased chance of rupture.

Recent reports that a French woman with PIP implants had died from anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned earlier this year could be associated with breast implants, has sparked a worldwide media storm.

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons president Associate Professor Rod Cooter urged all patients with PIP implants to see their surgeon and undergo an ultrasound to check for rupture.

However, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said the risk of a patient having ALCL was “very low”.

The administration has advised women with breast implants to continue to routinely monitor them and consult their implanting surgeon if they have any concerns, but it does not