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Acta Cytol. 1999 Nov-Dec;43(6):1163-5.

Granulomatous reaction to silicone in axillary lymph nodes. A case report with cytologic findings.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Silicone lymphadenopathy is a rare complication in patients with breast implants and is often confused with metastases from breast carcinoma.

CASE:

A 36-year-old female who had undergone bilateral breast augmentation six years earlier was referred for a mass in the left axilla. Fine needle aspiration showed a granulomatous reaction to birefringent material with predominance of foreign body giant cells in a lymphoid background.

CONCLUSION:

This report illustrates the usefulness of fine needle aspiration in axillary nodes of patients with breast implants in ruling out malignancy and diagnosing implant disruption.

PMID:
10578998
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