Breast reconstruction following breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma

Gregory A. Lamaris, Charles E. Butler, Anand K. Deva, Roberto N. Miranda, Kelly K. Hunt, Tony Connell, Joan E. Lipa, Mark W. Clemens

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    Background: Standard of care treatment of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) involves surgical resection with implant removal and complete capsulectomy. We report a case series of BIA-ALCL reconstruction with proposals for timing and technique selection. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed and prospectively enrolled all BIA-ALCL patients at 2 tertiary care centers and 1 private plastic surgery practice from 1998 to 2017. Demographics, treatment, reconstruction, pathology staging, patient satisfaction, and oncologic outcomes were reviewed. Results: We treated 66 consecutive BIA-ALCL patients and 18 (27%) received reconstruction. Seven patients (39%) received immediate reconstruction, and 11 (61%) received delayed reconstruction. Disease stage at presentation was IA (T1N0M0 disease confined to effusion or a layer on luminal side of capsule with no lymph node involvement and no distant spread) in 56%, IB in 17%, IC (T3N0M0 cell aggregates or sheets infiltrating the capsule, no lymph node involvement and no distant spread) in 6%, IIA (T4N0M0 lymphoma infiltrating beyond the capsule, no lymph node involvement and no distant spread) in 11%, and III in 11%. Types of reconstruction included smooth implants (72%), immediate mastopexy (11%), autologous flaps (11%), and fat grafting (6%). Outcomes included no surgical complications, but 1 patient progressed to widespread bone metastasis (6%); ultimately, all patients achieved complete remission. Ninety-four percent were satisfied/highly satisfied with reconstructions, whereas 6% were highly unsatisfied with immediate smooth implants. Conclusions: Breast reconstruction following BIA-ALCL management can be performed with acceptable complications if complete surgical ablation is possible. Immediate reconstruction is reserved for disease confined to capsule on preoperative positive emission tomography/computed tomography scan. Genetic predisposition and bilateral cases suggest that BIA-ALCL patients should not receive textured implants. Autologous options are preferable for implant adverse BIA-ALCL patients. Patients with extensive disease at presentation should be considered for 6- to 12-month delayed reconstruction with interval positive emission tomography/computed tomography evaluation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51S-58S
    Number of pages8
    JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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