Silicon granuloma mimicking lung cancer

BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Jul 19:2012:bcr2012006351. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2012-006351.


Silicon granuloma is one of the benign complications of breast implant failure but this is rarely reported. We report a 66-year-old lady presented to respiratory department with history of weight loss and a chest x-ray was highly suggestive of a lung malignancy. Further investigation including CT thorax and breast ultrasound suggested siliconoma that was later on confirmed on tissue biopsy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Breast / pathology*
  • Breast Implants / adverse effects*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Silicone Elastomers / adverse effects*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Silicone Elastomers