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BIA ALCL Cancer Risk from Breast Implants: What You Need to Know

Have you or a loved one had breast implants? If so, please be advised: certain types of breast implants may increase the risk for breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a cancer of the immune system.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found a possible association between breast implants and ALCL in 2011. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) also issued an advisory, determining that the condition can develop after breast implants.

BIA ALCL Breast Implant Cancer Risk - Riddle & BrantleyIf you’ve had breast implants and been diagnosed with BIA ALCL, you deserve justice — and you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced product liability attorneys. You can also complete the fast and easy form below if you prefer.

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What is Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?

Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare, aggressive and potentially deadly form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. Instead, it is a type of blood cancer that may develop following breast implants.

BIA-ALCL is generally found in scar tissue and fluid near the implant, and in certain cases can spread throughout the body. White blood cells, also known as lymphocytes, can become cancerous and form tumors in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow and other organs throughout the body.

According to the FDA, most cases of BIA-ALCL are diagnosed 5-10 years after breast implant surgery.

Symptoms of ALCL include:

  • Fever
  • Backache
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

Symptoms specifically associated with BIA-ALCL include:

  • Seroma (fluid build-up)
  • Unexpected changes in breast shape, including asymmetry
  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Swelling

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms following breast implant surgery, talk with your doctor immediately.

While data is limited, the FDA advises that BIA-ALCL seems to occur following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces

Textured breast implant manufacturers and brands subject to increased scrutiny associated with BIA-ALCL risk include:

  • Allergan

As of February 2019, the FDA had received 660 medical device reports (MDRs) of BIA-ALCL. Of those cases, nine patient deaths were reported.

At the time of diagnosis, patients may still have their original implants, or they may have had replacements implanted. Textured breast implants may be responsible in either case.

While the FDA has not decided to ban sales of textured breast implants at this time, the sale of these products has been banned in Europe due to the potential risk of BIA-ALCL.

Can ALCL be treated?

ALCL is a dangerous condition and can be life-threatening, but treatment is available.

Treatment for BIA-ALCL may include some or all of the following:

  • Removal of breast implants
  • Removal of the capsule surrounding the implants
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

Swelling and pain is to be expected following breast implant surgery. However, the FDA advises patients who notice changes in the way their breast looks or feels after recovering from implant surgery, including swelling or pain around the implant, to talk with their health care provider about the possibility of BIA-ALCL.

Have you been diagnosed with BIA ALCL?

Breast Implant Lawsuit Lawyer - Riddle & BrantleyIf you have been diagnosed with breast implant-associated large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), you may have a case for legal action.

We may be able to help.

For more than three decades, the personal injury and product liability lawyers at Riddle & Brantley have been delivering justice for victims of defective medical devices. We are actively investigating instances of BIA-ALCL, and would love to help you if we can.

For a FREE consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the form below. One of our experienced product liability attorneys will review your case and advise on your best legal options.

If you decide to hire us to represent you, there is no upfront cost and no any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Our attorneys have almost 220+ years of combined legal experience and know what it takes to get you the justice and compensation you need and deserve.

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