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What Physicians Should Know About Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

It is key for oncologists and surgeons to be aware of the symptoms of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and how this disease should be treated, according to Valerie Lemaine, MD, MPH, FRCSC.

At the 37thAnnual Miami Breast Cancer Conference, Lemain, of Plastic Surgery Consultants at Minnesota Oncology, discussed the signs and symptoms of BIA-ALCL, as well as how the disease is diagnosed and treated.

BIA-ALCL is an extranodal T-cell lymphoma that develops in the fluid and the capsule tissue adjacent to breast implants. As of July 2019, the FDA had received 573 unique, confirmed cases, including 481 that were linked to textured implants, that led to 33 deaths. While many cases of BIA-ALCL are likely still underreported, according to Lemaine, what health care specialists do know is that 481 of these cases are linked to the Allergan BioCell textured…

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