Breast augmentation method may hinder mammogram readings

20th April 2011

A method of breast augmentation involving injecting fat from other parts of the body could affect the results of mammograms, a study has shown.

Research conducted in China showed that almost one in seven women who underwent lipomodelling, as it is known in the industry, were found to have calcifications in the breast, which gave an inaccurate reading in the breast cancer screening process, Web MD reported.

Almost 50 women were tested during the study, and it was found that calcification raised concerns over breast cancer in one in seven on the women. Biopsy confirmed that the women did not have cancer.

Lead researcher Cong-Feng Wang concluded that the calcification, which was indistinguishable from potential cancer, had been caused by injected fat cells which had died and clumped together.

The findings clash with another recent study by Dr Michael Veber, which stated that this procedure did not interfere with mammogram results.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1. Wang, Cong-Feng. " Clinical Analyses of Clustered Microcalcifications after Autologous Fat Injection for Breast Augmentation." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. April 2011
2. Michael, Veber et al. " Radiographic Findings after Breast Augmentation by Autologous." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. March 2011.

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