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Breast Implant ALCL Lymphoma Lawsuit

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Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Lawsuit

Were you or a family member diagnosed with BIA ALCL or breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma?  If so, you may be legally entitled to receive financial compensation from the manufacturer of the breast implant.

Our attorneys are investigating potential cases which involve breast implants that have caused lymphoma or blood cancer for class action lawsuit.

If your or a family member received breast implants, and then were diagnosed with ALCL lymphoma, then you may have a breast implant lawsuit.

Contact our law firm right away for a free consultation to see if you may have a case.

FDA released updated safety alert for Breast Implant ALCL

The FDA first identified a possible connected between breast implants and the development of ALCL in 2011.  There wasn’t enough information at the time, and doctors were asked to monitor their patient’s condition.

Now that 6 years have passed, the FDA has updated their safety alert after receiving a total of 359 injuries reports that have to do with breast implant-associated lymphoma cancer.   The injuries being reported happened more frequently for women who need to undergo breast implant revision surgery or late onset seroma.

The FDA’s medical device reports indicate that the average time it took to develop ALCL was about 7 years.

Injuries were more frequent for women who had textured surface implants versus smooth surface implants.

Even though much of the information was incomplete, for the 29 cases that checked for CD30 status, all of them tested positive for a high adult t-cell count which is seen by patients who test positive for lymphoma.

The FDA urges all incidents of ALCL be reported to their MedWatch program so they can assist clinicians who are trying to find the causes of breast implant-associated ALCL and the best way to treat it.

They have also launched a page to help women who may have questions about BIA ALCL

 

Breast implant lymphoma lawsuitWhat is Breast Implant-Associated ALCL lymphoma?

Breast implant-associated ALCL is a rare blood cancer that can quickly spread throughout the body.

During ALCL, the body starts to rapidly produce white blood cells which are called lymphocytes that can build up into clumps within the lymph nodes, skin, or other areas of the body.

When there is a build-up of lymphocytes under the skin it is called, cutaneous ALCL and is usually slow to spread.

The more dangerous systemic ALCL has to do with the lymphocytes building up in the lymph notes which can quickly spread to other organs through the bloodstream.

Symptoms of BIA ALCL may include:

  • Tenderness around the breast
  • Backaches
  • Fever
  • Swelling or pain of the lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of energy

Treatments for BIA ALCL

Doctors recommend chemotherapy for treatment of ALCL.   Patients who test positive for ALK or anaplastic lymphoma disease are generally younger and seem to respond well to chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, the data from the FDA’s medical device report showed most of the women had the average age of 53, and tested negative for ALK.

This means that repeated chemo treatment or other therapies besides chemotherapy may be necessary to treat breast implant-associated ALCL.

Do I have a Breast Implant-Associated ALCL lawsuit?

The attorneys at the Abbott Law Group, P.A. are offering free consultations for women and their families who have been injured or affected by breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Our attorneys have many years of experiencing handling product liability cases which involve defective medical devices.

Contact us right away to see if you may have a breast implant-associated ALCL Lawsuit.