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BII Information



BII is potentially a non-specific, generalised illness associated with breast implants. There is a definite sub-group of patients with implants who attribute generalized health symptoms to their breast implants.

Proposed causes from websites supporting BII include:
1. Bacterial bio toxins
2. Silicon particles and toxic chemicals
3. Adrenal disturbance
4. Mineral imbalances
5. Immune Suppression
6. Heavy metal exposure
7. Immunological predisposition (HLA B27, DR 52 abd DR53)

An extensive list of symptoms and health problems proposed to be associated with BII is listed separately.

Further research is needed in to BII and BI CHECK is involved in this space.

The scientific / medical community does not have a set of diagnostic criteria or proposed pathogenesis / cause for BII. Breast Lymphoma (BL) associated with breast implants (not BII) is caused by a bacterium (Ralstonia) and one possible pathogenesis for BII could be similar with a bio-film for example.

Patients undergoing EXPLANT SURGERY should be advised that their symptoms of BII may be improved following said surgery, but also they may persist.

It is also possible that patient who have implants may simply also have a given disease.

Using the autoimmune disease, SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSIS (SLE) as an example, some studies have shown that patients with breast implants get SLE, but they get SLE at exactly the same rate as patients who do not have breast implants. Jonowsky et al, in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000) with a meta-analysis of 200 studies, reported that there was no increased risk of Auto-immune disease (including SLE), Connective Tissue Diseases and Rheumatoid Arthritis over and above the normal population.

Further research is needed in to BII and BI CHECK is involved in this space.

For more information, a link is provided to an online article by the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ASAPS breast-implant-illness-fact-fiction

Breast Implant Illness