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The difference between BIA-ALCL and Breast Implant Illness

  • Posted: Tuesday 06 August, 2019

There can be some confusion between Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and ‘Breast Implant Illness’ and whether they are the same thing.

BIA-ALCL and Breast Implant Illness are not the same. BIA-ALCL is not Breast Implant Illness.

BIA-ALCL is a rare form of lymphoma which has been associated with breast implants.

Breast Implant Illness is a term used to describe symptoms which women attribute to breast implants. There is no examination, imaging or laboratory testing for Breast Implant Illness and scientific studies have not found it to be a consistent or measurable condition. The symptoms of patients with implants are being studied further.