Gel bleed

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


Bilateral breast implants. Left mastodynia.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Female

Case Discussion

Low molecular weight silicone constituents may diffuse through an intact implant shell (gel bleed). This must be differentiated from intracapsular rupture. STIR images with spectral selective sat pulses on the respective resonance frequencies of water and silicone are very accurate in differentiating fluid collections around the implant, but also very time-consuming.

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Case information

rID: 16092
Published: 17th Dec 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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