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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2002 Apr 10;102(1):61-6.

Comparative examination of complaints of patients with breast-cancer with and without silicone implants.

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Institute for Clinical Radiology, Universität Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Street 33, D-48129 Münster, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure the relationship between silicone breast implants and various symptoms using a control group.

STUDY DESIGN:

A matched-pair-analysis of 96 women with breast-cancer (32 with silicone implants (K I); 64 without implants (K II)) was performed with help of a standardized questionnaire in respect to 50 single criteria. The condition of implants was monitored by MR-imaging.

RESULTS:

Athralgias and myalgias were not significantly more frequent in K I. Only six symptoms were reported significantly more often in patients with implants. Positive correlation with implant rupture was given only for the numb feeling/tingling sensation in extremities (P=0.02). There was no correlation between silicone implants and the symptoms of the "chronic-fatigue syndrome" nor any other described silicone-induced disease.

CONCLUSIONS:

According to our analysis many of the symptoms examined here are present in middle-aged women regardless of silicone implants and underlying disease.

PMID:
12039092
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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