Cavernous Hemangioma Between the Elastomer and Fibrous Capsule of a Breast Implant

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Oct;42(5):1257-1260. doi: 10.1007/s00266-018-1153-7. Epub 2018 Jun 5.


Hemangiomas are described in many locations, but breast hemangioma (BH) is rare, accounting for only 0.4% of all breast tumors. These tumors are difficult to diagnose preoperatively using conventional imaging modalities because they lack pathognomonic characteristics. Mammographic and sonographic appearances of BH were described in just a few case reports, and breast implant-related hemangiomas are even rarer. We report a case of the tumor arising in an atypical location-between the elastomer and fibrous capsule of a breast implant.Level of Evidence V This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors .

Keywords: Breast; Hemangioma; Implants; MRI; Ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Breast Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Breast Implantation / methods
  • Breast Implants / adverse effects*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Device Removal / methods
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / etiology
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / pathology*
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous / surgery
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Prosthesis Failure*
  • Reoperation / methods
  • Silicone Elastomers / adverse effects*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / methods


  • Silicone Elastomers