Is late seroma a phenomenon related to textured implants? A report of rare complications and a literature review

Bo Young Park, Dong Han Lee, So Young Lim, Jai Kyong Pyon, Goo Hyun Mun, Kap Sung Oh, Sa Ik Bang

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Background: Late seroma is an infrequent complication that manifests as fluid collection in the periprosthetic space at least 1 year after breast enlargement surgery. Interest in late seroma has grown with the potential connection between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), which presents with clinical symptoms similar to those of late seroma. This report presents a case of late seroma experienced by a patient with a history of multiple implant ruptures and a review of the relevant literature. Methods: Details are reported for a patient who presented with sudden swelling of an augmented breast that was initially suspected to be symptomatic of ALCL. A literature search of PubMed regarding this phenomenon also was conducted. Results: The literature review identified 14 articles on late seroma involving 60 patients, including the reported case. Analyses included epidemiology, etiology, and management strategy. Although a detailed statistical analysis was not performed, 55 cases (92 %) of late seroma occurred that involved patients with textured implants. No evidence-based guideline for the management of late seroma has been established, although the patients were managed successfully in all cases using various strategies. Conclusions: The reported case and data from the literature provide evidence of a relationship between textured implant use and late seroma. Based on their review, the authors offer "sequential treatment steps," from conservative treatment to surgical management, which will be helpful for successful management of future late seroma cases. However, further study is needed to clarify the relationship, if any, between a particular type of textured implant and the development of late seroma. 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

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
  • Breast augmentation
  • Late seroma


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