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Arthritis Rheum. 1997 Mar;40(3):437-40.

Breast implants in patients with differentiated and undifferentiated connective tissue disease.

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University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City 84132, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the frequency of breast implantation and the relationship of the implants to the onset of symptoms in patients with differentiated and undifferentiated connective tissue disease (CTD).

METHODS:

We evaluated an inception cohort of patients with differentiated and undifferentiated CTD and symptoms of < 12 months duration when enrolled in 1983-1987. The risk of having breast implants in those patients with early symptoms of CTD was determined in comparison with that in a non-concurrent control group.

RESULTS:

Only 3 of 323 women in the cohort had historical, physical, or chest radiographic evidence of breast implantation. In 1 of the 3 patients, the symptoms of CTD began before the breast implantation. The odds ratio was calculated at 1.15, with a 95% confidence interval ranging from 0.23 to 3.41.

CONCLUSION:

This study showed an absence of significant risk for prior breast implantation surgery in patients with well-defined or undifferentiated CTD.

PMID:
9082930
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780400308
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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