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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v12.i4.80
8 pages

Allergic Reaction to Platinum in Silicone Breast Implants

Sambasiva R. Arepalli
Division of General, Restorative, and Neurological Devices, Office of Device Evaluation, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland
Shewit Bezabeh
Division of Dental, Infection Control, and General Hospital Devices, Office of Device Evaluation, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland
S. Lori Brown
Division of Postmarket Surveillance, Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Epidemiology Branch, Center for Devices & Radiologic Health, Food and Drug Administration, c/o Seattle District Office, 22201 23rd Dr. SE, HFR-PA300, Bothell WA 98021-4421

ABSTRACT

Platinum is used as a catalyst in the manufacture of silicone breast implants. Because platinum is recognized as a potent sensitizer in certain circumstances, some have expressed concern that women with silicone breast implants are exposed to platinum, which is causing allergic reactions. We searched the literature for information on the level of platinum in breast implants and reports of sensitization that clearly related to platinum in women with breast implants. We found no published report with convincing evidence that platinum causes allergic reactions in women with breast implants or that women with breast implants are any more likely to have allergic reactions than women without breast implants.