Italy seeking women with French breast implants

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 12:58 PM
Italy seeking women with French breast implants

Italy's health ministry is asking hospitals to track down women who received silicone breast implants made by a suspect French company due to concerns the implants may be unsafe.

The ministry's health council also suggested that women with Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, implants contact their surgeons because there's a "greater probability of rupture and inflammatory reaction." The council met Thursday in an emergency session to discuss the potential threat of the silicone implants.

French health authorities on Friday will decide whether to recommend mass surgery for women who received PIP implants. Investigators say they were made with cheap industrial silicone, not medical grade silicone, and that more than 1,000 women have had one or two implants burst.