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Recurrent complications of PAAG implants during lactation
  1. Anita Geraldine Bourke1,
  2. Chaitra Jose2
  1. 1Department of Radiology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anita Geraldine Bourke, anita.bourke{at}


A 35-year-old lactating woman with pre-existing polyacrylamide gel (PAAG) implants for 10 years presented on numerous occasions following both her pregnancies with bilateral recurrent breast infection, pain and finally massive breast enlargement with a ruptured galactocoele necessitating surgical intervention. As the safety of PAAG for the breastfeeding baby is not known, breastfeeding with PAAG implants is not recommended.

  • Breast Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Infant Nutrition (including Breastfeeding)
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  • Contributors AGB and CJ both contributed to the concept and manuscript writing.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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