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One Preventable Cause of Spontateous Deflation of Inflatable Mammary Prostheses.

Rubin, Leonard R. M.D.; Speace, George M.D.

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SUMMARY: Spontaneous "overnight" deflation of inflatable prostheses is rather uncommon, but we have had a 5.7 percent incidence of it in a 24-month period in which we used implants with a suturable tab and fastened them to the subjacent fascia. At exploration we found these tabs had torn the bag of the implant, usually at the vulcanized seam.

We now believe that fixing a suture tab on a breast implant to underlying fascia may cause undue stresses upon the implant at that point and result in an otherwise avoidable deflation.

(C)1979American Society of Plastic Surgeons


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