Silicone Migration and Late Hematoma following Silicone Implant Rupture: Case Report and Literature Review.

Journal Article

Distant silicone migration and late postoperative hematoma are rare but serious complications following breast implant rupture. This study describes a case report of both these complications occurring in the same patient. After a review of pertinent literature, the authors found 19 other case reports (20 total patients) with distant silicone migration following breast implant rupture. Median age at the time of presentation was 48 years (range, 21-76), and median time between initial breast augmentation and presentation with silicone migration was 10 years (range, 1-30 years). Sites of migrated silicone included arm/forearm (n = 11), thoracic cavity (n = 4), abdominal wall (n = 3), legs (n = 2), and back (n = 1). A total of 67% of patients had documented trauma to the chest before presentation. Our study highlights the need to consider distant silicone migration in the differential diagnosis when extracapsular implant rupture is suspected.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dean, RA; Glener, AD; Thomas, AB; Glener, SR; Kurtovic, S; Erdmann, D

Published Date

  • August 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 8

Start / End Page

  • e1849 -

PubMed ID

  • 30254827

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6143320

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2169-7574

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/GOX.0000000000001849


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States