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Dangerous breasts of silicone: Defective silicone cushions were implanted in 280 women.
The implantation of defective silicone breasts threatens more than 280 Swiss women with serious health consequences. The silicone cushions could tear, burst and lead to inflammation, the Swiss Agency for Medicines warned.
Isabel Scuntaro, spokeswoman for Swissmedic, confirmed on Monday the number of 280 Swiss women affected reported by the Swiss radio station RSR. The French manufacturer Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) had delivered defective silicone cushions for years that contained an aggressive silicone gel, which may attack the actually stable outer shell of the breast implants. A possible consequence are cracks in the silicone cushion, which in turn can lead to leakage of the material and serious inflammation. Appropriate implants were used in Switzerland by eight medical professionals, with a total of more than 280 women affected.
Danger of space: silicone breasts contain aggressive silicone gel As early as March 2010, the French health authorities removed the breast implants from PIP from the market. The PIP silicone pillows had a higher tendency to tear than comparable products and could lead to inflammation and further complications, according to the justification of the authorities at the time. PIP had used a different type of silicone in the production than originally announced. In France alone, between 35,000 and 40,000 women are affected by the defective silicone pillow, according to health authorities. In Switzerland, the number of women who received a PIP implant is relatively manageable, as the French company has no sales network here. However, the doctors were able to import PIP silicone pillows directly. The French health authority had already called on all affected doctors, clinics and patients in spring 2010 after the silicone pillows had been recalled to discuss any follow-up treatment that might be required.
Doctors should contact affected women The eight doctors who used PIP silicone pillows were informed by the Swiss Agency for Medicinal Products and asked to contact the affected women. However, Swissmedic did not request that preventive removal of the intact implants and replacement with a new implant. Because such a preventive operation also involves risks, Isabel Scuntaro explained. However, the Therapeutic Institute has reserved such a recommendation for the future if problematic substances are detected in the further analysis. Silicone cushions that are already broken have to be replaced, whereby the costs for the intervention and aftercare, according to information from Swissmedic, are borne by the health insurance companies. With the preventive removal of the implant, however, the cash registers are not subject to a charge.
Defective silicone cushions also went to Germany. The French manufacturer's implants are said to have been used in Germany as well. In order to understand whether the breast implants may come from the French manufacturer, women can read the respective manufacturer of their silicone pillows in their own implant passport. (fp)
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