Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) ImageAs we learn more and more about a very unusual condition called Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, I think a colleague and fellow member of the Plastic Surgery Channel really summed up our current understanding of this condition.

I suggest you watch the video they produced that features Bruce Vannata, MD.

http://www.theplasticsurgerychannel.com/2016/06/23/alcl-understanding-the-rare-link-between-breast-implants-lymphoma/

Key take home points from the video are as follows:

  • The disorder is extraordinarily rare = 238 cases out of millions of surgical patients.
  • It is a type of lymphoma (or overgrowth of lymphocytes) in fluid surrounding breast implants.
  • The condition is almost uniquely found in patients who’ve received a breast augmentation using implants with a very aggressive texture.
  • Patients with this disorder are usually discovered during evaluation for acute swelling of the breast years after their surgery. Evaluation by a plastic surgeon for swelling is recommended.
  • Treatment using implant removal with excision of the scar tissue around the implant is usually curative.

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