Guidance on Breast Implant Illness from MHRA

Following the joint statement from ABS, BAAPs and BAPRAS in regards to Breast Implant Safety and the continuing scientific evaluation into this by many medical bodies, MHRA have released a statement in which they have given guidance about the symptoms of BII (Breast Implant Illness) to patients both thinking about having implants and those already with implants. MHRA state; “Currently we do not know if there is a link between breast implants and the reported health problems, as there is no single disease which could explain the symptoms some people are reporting to us or to their clinicians.”. However, they have compiled some guidance for patients about reporting symptoms of BII. Please do read this below.

Reported Symptoms

“We have received reports from people with a variety of health problems which they say are related to their breast implants. The reports are not limited to a particular manufacturer or type of implant and include silicone and saline (salt water) filled implants, smooth or textured (rough) surface implants.”
  • “Brain fog”
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Joint pain
MHRA also highlight that there have “been reports of a serious medical condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body (autoimmune disorders). Some people have reported their symptoms improve once their breast implants were removed.” MHRA are encouraging  members of the public and healthcare professionals to report issues (even if  only suspected) with breast implants through the Yellow Card scheme. It should also be noted that MHRA encourage “anyone with a breast implants notices any lumps, swellings or distortions in their breasts, neck or armpits or develops any health problems they feel may be related to their breast implants they should see their GP or implant surgeon in the first instance.”  

What MHRA are doing

For everyone involved patient safety is the number one priority and so MHRA will continue to “investigate where there are safety concerns raised about medical devices, including breast implants.” and that they will “monitor reports and research from around the world” such as the adverse incident reporting system and published research. “If any new evidence indicates a link between implants and the variety of symptoms reported, we will update this page and will update our advice as necessary.” “Every report contributes to our knowledge about breast implants and their usage and helps us to develop suitable safety guidance and take appropriate action where necessary” To read the full detailed guidance from MHRA please follow this link. Elite Surgical aim to keep our patients informed with any further information as soon as we hear it! Keep checking back for further updates.

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