Surgical Pathology Criteria

Breast Implants

Differential Diagnosis

Identification of various substances associated with breast implants

Foreign Substance Tissue Pattern Birefringence
Silicone Globules, refractile No
Polyurethane Triangular, refractile No
Talc Inconspicuous Yes (maltese cross)
Silica (questionable occurence) Needle shaped crystals Yes

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