Migration of silicone gel to axillary lymph nodes after prosthetic mammoplasty

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1981 Jul;105(7):371-2.


Foreign-body reaction to material optically resembling silicone gel was evident in an axillary lymph node of a patient eight years after subcutaneous mastectomy for fibrocystic disease and breast reconstruction with a silicone gel-filled prosthesis. The lymph nodes. was removed as a component of a radical mastectomy for adenocarcinoma and Paget's disease of the nipple that had developed in the residual breast tissue and preserved nipple. Silicone gel may "bleed" through a structurally intact prosthetic envelope and subsequently migrate to regional lymph nodes

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Axilla
  • Breast / surgery*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / complications*
  • Foreign-Body Reaction
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / analysis*
  • Prostheses and Implants / adverse effects
  • Silicones / analysis*


  • Silicones