Breast Implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) – Update

Posted April 10, 2011 in Breast Augmentation, Home, Patient Safety, Videos

Late January, 2011, the FDA released a White Paper and Advisory Statement on Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) in women with breast implants. The paper confirms that breast implants are safe. It is important that all patients and plastic surgeons understand the current state of knowledge surrounding ALCL.

What follows is a video segment from my recent television appearance on the Bay Area’s Local News Station, KRON4. I was originally scheduled to talk about Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty), but we kicked off the show with this important late breaking news update for women with breast implants. The (415) phone number in the video was for the live broadcast only. If you have questions about abdominoplasty, feel free to call my office directly at (925) 943-6353, or use the contact format the bottom of the column to the left.

This ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) update video includes:

  • Information from the January 2011 FDA White Paper
  • Why is it called a lymphoma?
  • Why ALCL is not breast cancer?
  • What are the symptoms of ALCL?
  • How is the diagnosis of ALCL made?
  • How rare is ALCL (34 cases in 10 million breast augmentation patients)
  • How is ALCL treated?
  • Do my implants need to be removed?

The important points to keep in mind:

  • ALCL is very rare.
  • ALCL presents with symptoms.
    • increasing size
    • swelling
    • discomfort
    • fluid around the implant.
  • ALCL is not breast cancer.
  • ALCL treatment is available.

If you have concerns with your breast implants, seek advise from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. If you have the symptoms above, don’t panic, it is still unlikely that ALCL is the cause, and your local Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can help.

I will get the rest of the show up shortly for all of you interested San Francisco Bay Area Tummy Tuck patients. Once the tummy tuck videos are uploaded, I will place links below. In the interim, if you have have questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please give me a call at (925) 943-6353 or use the contact form on the left.