Introduction. The number of implant-related complaints is constantly rising, a phenomenon probably accentuated by the extensive use of social media by patients. Material and method. A group of signs and symptoms considered to be caused by mammary implants is known as “Breast Implant Illness”. This paper analyzes the increased number of posts by patients on social media in which they describe their symptoms, their disappointment with the decision of using breast implants, and the beneficial effects of explantation. The case of a patient with breast implants who visited our clinic is reported here. The patient complained of two palpable masses, located in the left axilla and in the superolateral quadrant of the left breast. The pathophysiological mechanism by which lymphadenopathy occurred after a long period of time remains uncertain. Discussion. A review of the literature was conducted to identify the underlying causes of implant-related complaints, allowing evaluation of the presence of local complications, cancer with large anaplastic cells, and autoimmune diseases. The possibility of a somatization effect has also been considered. Conclusions. Plastic surgeons must remain the best source of information, taking on the role of educating the patient in order to better understand this condition.
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Danciu, Răzvan; Marina, Cristina N.; Ardeleanu, Valeriu; Marin, Romeo; Scăunașu, Răzvan V.; and Răducu, Laura
"Breast implant illness: a step forward in understanding this complex entity and the impact of social media,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 6
, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol6/iss2/24