Silicone breast implants

Breast implants are medical devices that are used for breast reconstruction or to enlarge the breasts. A breast implant can be placed after a breast is removed during cancer treatment, or as a preventive measure. Breast implants are often placed to enlarge the breasts for cosmetic reasons. RIVM carried out a number of studies into breast implants, namely laboratory research, a review of the manufacturers’ product files and an evaluation of the scientific literature. 

Survey health complaints of women with a silicone breast implant

RIVM was commissioned by the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate to investigate the health complaints of women with silicone breast implants.

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