Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:29:14 GMT | By AFP RelaxNews, additional photos by Getty

One in three PIP implants may rupture: British surgeons

A pair of British plastic surgeons said Tuesday the rupture rate of PIP breast implants behind a global health scare may be as high as one in three, significantly more than previously thought.


One in three PIP implants may rupture: British surgeons (© Getty)

(PARIS-AFP) - A study of 453 of their patients who had received PIP implants between seven and 12 years ago showed a rupture rate of between 15.9 percent and 33.8 percent.

"Previous studies have typically reported failure rates of between two percent and five percent," said authors Miles Berry and Jan Stanek of the study published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

The new study had employed more conclusive ultrasound scans rather than the physical examinations typically used, they said.

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