Silicone Breast Implants Tied to Fibromyalgia, But More Evidence Needed, Study Says

Silicone Breast Implants Tied to Fibromyalgia, But More Evidence Needed, Study Says
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are more common in people with silicone breast implants than in those with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and no implants, according to a study. This suggests that silicone may trigger immune responses that increase the risk of developing either of the conditions. However, researchers noted, more studies are needed to fully interpret this relationship. The study, "Silicone breast implants and depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in a rheumatology clinic population," was published in Clinical Rheumatology.  It was thought that breast implants did not trigger any immune response because a sturdy membrane separates the silicone from the adjacent tissue. In recent years, however, some local immune responses were observed around breast implants and a relationship between silicone breast implants and autoimmune syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) — a recently discovered condition in which exposure to a trigger leads to autoimmune responses — was suggested. Some ASIA symptoms are similar to those of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) — for example, chronic pain and stiffness, as well as mood disorders. However, it is not clear if the response to breast implants influences the risk of developing fibromyalgia or CFS. Researchers used data from rheumatology clinic patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia to determine if there was an association between silicone breast implants and fibromyalgia, CFS, or depression. Researchers studied 30 female patients, 47.9 years old on average, treated between 2000 and 2017, who received silicone breast implants before being diagnosed with a rheumatological condition. They included age-matched women diagnosed with systemic
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