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Silicone Breast Implants Can Save Lives

Rosen, Heather MD, MPH; Brzezienski, Mark MD; Higdon, Kent Kihyet MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: June 2014 - Volume 2 - Issue 6 - p e169
doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000065
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Summary: The authors present a case in which a patient sustained 2 shotgun wounds at close range, resulting in a ruptured silicone breast implant and no other injuries.

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Received for publication January 6, 2014; accepted January 17, 2014.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article. The Article Processing Charge was paid for by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kent Kihyet Higdon, MD, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1161 21st Avenue South, D-4207 MCN, Nashville, TN 37232, E-mail:

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