Mammary implants, diving, and altitude exposure.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mammary implants were exposed to various simulated dive profiles followed by altitude exposures to stimulate aircraft travel and then were observed for bubble formation and volume changes. Minimal volume changes occurred after each dive. Numerous bubbles formed, however, reaching their maximum size in 3 hours. By comparison, when implants were exposed to high altitude following a dive exposure, significant volume changes occurred. This in vitro study showed that bubble formation and volume expansion occur after exposing implants to diving and altitude, but the circumstances required to produce these changes in vivo are extremely unlikely to occur normally.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vann, RD; Riefkohl, R; Georgiade, GS; Georgiade, NG

Published Date

  • February 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 200 - 203

PubMed ID

  • 3336650

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0032-1052

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00006534-198802000-00010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States