Which types of silicone implants are associated with illnesses?
All silicone implants can cause illnesses.This includes
cerebrospinal fluid shunt tubing, slow release
hormone implants, cardiac valves, intraocular lens implants, testicular prostheses, penile implants, digital joint arthroplasty
prostheses, breast implants, pectoral implants, buttock implants, calf implants, malar implants,jaw implants, and chin implants.
Saline implants also can cause systemic symptoms because they have a silicone elastomer shell.
What are the symptoms of a silicone-related disease?
According to Andrew W. Campbell, M.D. , Medical Director of the Center for Immune, Environmental, and Toxic Disorders,these
are the most common symptoms experienced by patients with silicone prosthetic devices:
breast pain or tenderness
usually made worse by exercise
cognitive function problems, such as attention deficit disorder,
difficulties, memory disturbance, spatial disorientation,
frequently saying the wrong word
such as depression, anxiety, personality changes, mood swings
sleep disturbance and non-restorative sleep
of a greater intensity than before implantation
changes in vision
loss of balance
joint and muscle aches and pains
shortness of breath
lymph node enlargement
low grade fevers
abnormal heart rhythm
dry eyes and mouth
frequent canker sores in the mouth
low back pain
skin changes and/or rashes
severe muscular weakness
intolerance of bright lights
intolerance of alcohol
ringing in ears
recurrent flu-like illnesses
Defective Medical Devices: Dow Corning Breast Implants
Millions of women across the United States and
around the world have received breast implants. Many have consequently suffered several medical complaints. These women may
have considered filing lawsuits over these injuries. But after more than 10 years of litigation and a huge public debate,
they are understandably confused. Many may have heard that science has established no link between implants and the symptoms.
They have heard the claims of other women discounted and dismissed.
But the safety of silicone or saline-filled breast
implants is not a closed book. The issue has become confused in the public mind because the issue was early on taken over
by political forces more interested in an ideological debate than the safety of women. The fact is, breast implants were sold
by manufacturers whose own engineers doubted their safety. They continued to be sold as complaints mounted. As for the safety
studies, the ones that have been done have had numerous flaws and none of these studies have ever focused on the actual diseases
women have complained of - diseases that take many years to develop.
The long-term effects of having silicone implants
in the body are not known. It is possible that further studies will answer the mystery sometime in the future. In the meantime,
women who are considering any kind of implant - even for reconstructive purposes - should know the facts. Although the vast
majority of lawsuits over breast implants have been settled, some legal claims remain.
If you have Dow Corning Breast
Implants, you may be eligible for money from a class action settlement. Call a Lawyer.... if you live in Texas, I will be
happy to give you the name of mine.
BREAST IMPLANT RESOURCES
Index of FDA information on implants.
The Coalition of Silicone Survivors has vital
news and information about breast implants.
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