Friday, 22nd June 2012
UK: Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) breast implants: final report of the Expert Group
Source: Department of Health (UK)
From Summary and Recommendations:
We have carefully reviewed the available evidence on breast implants from the company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), including the results of additional studies commissioned since our interim report in January. We have concluded that
• rigorous world-wide chemical and toxicological analyses of a wide variety of PIP implants have not shown any evidence of significant risk to human health;
• there is no reason to believe that further testing will change this conclusion, given the results of the chemical analysis and the number of batches that have now been tested world-wide, which have all reached a similar conclusion;
• PIP implants are significantly more likely to rupture or leak silicone than other implants, by a factor of around 2-6, and this difference is detectable within 5 years of implantation;
• in a proportion of cases, failure of the PIP implant results in local reactions but these are readily detected by outward clinical signs – “silent” ruptures (ruptures which come to light only on explantation) are not generally associated with these local reactions.
In sum, PIP implants are clearly substandard although there is no evidence of a significant increased risk of clinical problems in the absence of rupture.
+ Final Report (PDF; 167 KB)
+ Volume 2: Appendices (PDF; 308 KB)
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