Finnish health watchdog warns of breast implant risk

23rd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Finland's health watchdog on Friday advised Finnish women with breast implants made by the French firm PIP to contact their surgeons or clinics for close monitoring.

However, the National Supervisory Authority for Health and Welfare, Valvira, stopped short of advising removal of the implants.

"Valvira ... recommends special monitoring in order to detect possible complications caused by the implants," it said in a statement.

While there are only a handful of such cases in Finland, the authority is concerned about women who may have travelled to neighbouring Estonia for the procedure, where the PIP implants are suspected to have been marketed under a different name.

"We are aware that many women around Europe have gone to Estonia for this," Valvira director Jussi Holmalahti told AFP.

"We have asked for this information (about Finnish women) from the Estonian authorities and are waiting for the answers," he added.

French health officials Thursday advised 30,000 women to have their implants removed, citing "well-established risks of ruptures."

The now-bankrupt Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was shut down and its products banned last year after it was revealed to have been using non-authorised silicone gel that caused abnormally high rupture rates in its implants.

© 2011 AFP

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