Gel bleed

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert

Presentation

Bilateral breast implants. Left mastodynia.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Female
MRI

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
Case created: 17th Dec 2011
Last edited: 24th Oct 2015
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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