Allergan’s Biocell textured breast implants have been linked to a rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and are now subject to a worldwide breast implant recall.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no obligation legal reviews to any woman diagnosed with ALCL following augmentation or reconstructive surgery with Allergan’s Biocell textured breast implants. To contact our breast implant recall lawyers today, please call (888) 994-5118.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating a possible link between textured breast implants and ALCL, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that develops in the tissue surrounding the devices, in 2011.
By July 2019, the agency had identified 573 confirmed cases of breast implant cancer, including 33 deaths. At least 481 cases involved Allergan’s textured Biocell implants. Although the FDA was only able to identify the manufacturer in 13 of the fatalities, 12 of those cases also involved the Allergan breast implants.
The FDA estimated that the risk of ALCL with Biocell textured breast implants is approximately six times higher compared to the risk associated with other textured devices marketed in the United States. As a result, the agency requested that the breast implants be recalled.
On July 24, 2019, Allergan announced a worldwide breast implant recall for Biocell textured implants and tissue expanders, including:
The breast implant recall did not include Allergan’s Natrelle smooth or Microcell breast implants and tissue expanders.
The FDA is not recommending removal of Biocell textured breast implants for women without symptoms of ALCL. But because the disease can develop years after breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery, the agency is advising patients to monitor the area around their implants and report any changes to their doctor.
The signs and symptoms of breast implant cancer include:
Breast implant-associated ALCL is very treatable if detected early. Treatment generally includes removal of the implant, as well as removal of the surrounding scar capsule.
You could be entitled to significant financial compensation if you or a loved one received any of the products’ included in the Allergan Biocell breast implant recall and were later diagnosed with ALCL. To learn if you’re eligible to file a breast implant lawsuit, please fill out our online form, or call our office directly at (888) 994-5118.
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