Which clinical history findings are characteristic of breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Delong Liu, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Breast implant–associated ALCL usually presents as an accumulation of seroma fluid between the implant itself and the surrounding fibrous capsule. Patients typically report persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the implant. A palpable mass or capsular contracture may be present. [12] The median time from implant placement to ALCL diagnosis is 7 to 8 years (range, 0 to 40 y). [6]


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