Expandable breast implant

Case contributed by Ian Bickle


Shortness of breath. Prior breast cancer.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Contracted right breast implant. The port of the expandable implant is projected over the lower right hemithorax.

The lungs are hyperinflated, but clear. Heart size normal.

Case Discussion

A small number of all breast implants are expandable. These have a port for access and may be visible on plain radiograph of the chest as in this case.

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