Desmoid Tumor and Silicone Breast Implant Surgery: Is There Really a Connection? A Literature Review Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Desmoid tumors are borderline tumors of the connective tissue, arising in the musculo-aponeurotic stromal elements. A desmoid tumor (DT) has an infiltrative and locally aggressive growth pattern and usually does not metastasize; however, it has a high recurrence and complication rate. DT located in the breast (BDT) represents a rare extra-abdominal form. Recently, the presence of breast silicone implants was suggested by several researchers as a risk factor for developing BDT. Objectives: The goal of this review is to investigate the possible correlation between BDT and breast implant surgery. Methods: We conducted a literature review of BDT-reported cases, associated with breast implant surgery. Results: The search revealed 36 cases of BDT associated with silicone breast implants. Conclusions: Based on the reviewed data, the incidence of BDT following breast implant surgery is lower than BDT in the general population. At the moment, a possible association between breast implants and the development of breast desmoid tumors cannot be unequivocally confirmed. A world registry with accurate documentation of each case of BDT associated with breast implant surgery should be performed for future investigation. Level of evidence ii: 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 Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors .

publication date

  • August 1, 2017