Washington—An exhaustive review by an Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel has found no link between silicone breast implants and serious autoimmunological diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, two of the conditions frequently claimed in legal actions to be the result of breast implantation. Settlements with litigants making such claims have totaled billions of dollars.
However, the implants can cause problems. "Local and perioperative complications are frequent enough to be a cause for concern," stated the report, Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, recommending further study to provide a basis for adequately informed consent for women who choose to undergo the procedure.
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