Maine Breast Implant Lawyer
Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S. each year with nearly 300,000 procedures being performed annually. Recent studies and reports from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies and researchers have linked breast implants to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (“ALCL”), a rare, aggressive and deadly form of blood cancer.
How Do Breast Implants Cause ALCL?
In recent years, a number of companies have begun manufacturing textured breast implants. As opposed to smooth breast implants, textured implants are designed to encourage tissue ingrowth into the implants’ rough outer surface which is intended to help anchor the implant in place. However, the textured surface may allow bacteria to form a bio-film over the implant which can cause inflammation to develop. The rough surface may also irritate the surrounding tissue, causing immune system reactions, which can lead to lymphoma in the fluid around the breast implant.
BIA-ALCL Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
The early symptoms of BIA-ALCL include fever, backache, swelling of lymph nodes, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Later more localized symptoms in the breast can develop including:
- Seroma (build-up of fluid)
- Asymmetry of the breasts
Symptoms of BIA-ALCL may surface anywhere from 2 years to over 20 years after breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery. Because of this long latency period, researchers believe that many new cases of BIA-ALCL will be diagnosed in the coming years.
To diagnose BIA-ALCL, doctors typically drain fluid from around the breast implant and test it for certain tumor markers associated with ALCL. Often cases of BIA-ALCL can be cured by removing the breast implant and the entire capsule of scar tissue surrounding the device. However, if a diagnosis or treatment is missed or delayed, women may require chemotherapy or radiation treatments, and face a risk of death.
Maine Breast Implant Lawsuit
If you or someone you love has suffered complications from a breast implant, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.
To speak with an experienced, Maine breast implant lawyer, contact Fitzgerald Law Group at (844) FITZ-LAW or (844) 348-9529 or complete the contact form on this website for a free, confidential, case assessment.