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January 2017

FAQs for Members on information about Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently provided updated information regarding breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma. The TGA has been posting updated information about this condition since 2011 and this updated alert was been generated following a recent expert advisory panel in view of additional generated from research performed by a joint BIA-ALCL task force with representatives from the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons the Australian Breast Device Registry and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Read more

What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a film that develops around an implant which is considered to be foreign by the body. All implants develop a capsule around them which is the body’s natural immune defence. This is normal however if a biofilm is present then the breast implant can develop a condition called a capsular contracture. It is interesting to note that biofilms have been identified on many different types of implants in the body not just breast implants. Examples of these include hip and knee replacements, heart valve replacements, pacemakers and the like.
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