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Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography:
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31824cc060
Breast Imaging

Intrathoracic Migration of a Silicone Breast Implant 5 Months After Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery

Sykes, Jeremy B. MD; Rosella, Peter A. MD

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Abstract: A 72-year-old woman, who had previous bilateral reconstruction mammoplasty, underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for a right middle lobe pulmonary carcinoid. Five months after her surgery, the patient noticed an acute pronounced reduction in her right breast volume, with shortness of breath and cough. A computed tomography study of the chest revealed intrathoracic migration and rupture of her right breast implant, with associated silicone thorax. Subsequent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery confirmed this diagnosis.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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