Is there an increased risk or association of respiratory infections & or pneumonia, 4+ years after having silicone implants for reconstructive breast surgery for cancer? I'm a volunteer RN, BSN, MS counseling cancer survivors & have a a patient who has had @ least 1 occurrences of pseudamonis respiratory infection & 3 occurrences of pneumonia. All were either treated w/a Z pack or levaquin, or cipro.
Is There an Increased Risk of Pneumonia W/silicone Implants W/reconstructive Breast Surger
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Breast Reconstruction, San Diego
The short answer is NO, there is no cause and effect relationship between breast reconstruction with silicone implants and pulmonary infection. Breast implants have been associated with biofilms adjacent to the devices, and these biofilms have been implicated in the development of capsular contracture. Regarding a relationship between silicone gel implants and autoimmune disorders, none has been proven, despite many thorough investigations into this possibility.
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Breast implant and pneumonia?
There is no association between having breast implants and developing pulmonary or respiratory issues.
THERE IS NOASSOCIATION BETWEEN BREAST IMPLANT AND PNEUMONIA
Look for other causes for repeated pneumonias, smooking, chemotherapy, chronic lung diseases.
Have her evaluated by a PULMONOLOGIST