Back in 2011, the FDA identified “a possible association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
The FDA has recently released new information indicating that, as of February 1, 2017, it received a total of 359 medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated ALCL, including nine deaths. The reports differed according to whether implants were textured versus smooth and the implant surface, and the FDA cautioned that it is “important to note that details on breast implant surface and fill type are limited.” In addition, the FDA noted that “[w]hile the MDR system is a valuable source of information, it may contain incomplete inaccurate, untimely, unverified, or biased data.”
Nonetheless, the FDA cautioned potential patients to educate themselves about breast implants before agreeing to surgery and warned that “most confirmed cases of [breast implant-associated] ALCL have occurred in women with textured breast implants.” The FDA even has a separate webpage including information specifically about breast implants.
The FDA noted that if you already have breast implants, there is “no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up.” However, although “not specific to [ALCL], you should follow standard medical recommendations including:” (1) following your doctor’s instructions on proper monitoring of your breast implants, including contacting your health care provider if you notice any changes and getting routine mammography screening, and (2) if you have silicone gel-filled breast implants, getting periodic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect ruptures as recommended by your healthcare provider.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Breast Implants Harmed Me or Harmed a Loved One?
Our experienced attorneys at Jones Ward fight for clients on a wide variety of cases involving prescription drugs and medical devices. Each case is different, but if you suspect that you or a loved one have been harmed because of a breast implant and may have a claim, please contact us. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and can speak with you about your potential claims. We will give you individualized attention and let you know what your legal rights and options are moving forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney. States often impose “statutes of limitation” that require you to bring your case within a certain period of time. Call us now toll-free and speak to one of our attorneys at 888-595-2822 or visit our website and reach out.