Issue: 2018 > July > case report

A case of late-onset systemic sclerosis with ruptured silicone breast implants

J. Meijs, J.K. de Vries-Bouwstra, J.W. Cohen Tervaert, K. Hoogenberg
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Background: It is still unresolved whether there is a relationship between silicone breast implants (SBIs) and late-onset systemic sclerosis (SSc).
Case description: A 83-year-old female was diagnosed with limited cutaneous SSc. During follow-up the presence of ruptured SBIs was confirmed. We provide a literature review concerning SBIs and development of SSc, particularly in relation to age of onset.
Conclusion: Data about age of onset are incomplete and no details on the rupture of SBIs are reported; however, an association between SSc and SBIs possibly exists.