Disseminated Pleural Siliconoma Mimicking Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2015 December [Link]

Tanaka T, Tao H, Hayashi T, Yoshiyama K, Furukawa M, Yoshida K, Okabe K.


A 48-year-old woman with a 3-month history of back pain was admitted for further examination of multiple left pleural nodules. She had undergone bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants 10 years previously. Nine years after the operation, both ruptured implants were removed, and autologous fat was injected. Computed tomography revealed multiple pleural nodules suggestive of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Thoracoscopic exploration revealed multiple pleural nodules with massive pleural adhesions. The nodules were filled with viscous liquid and were histologically determined to be siliconomas. Disseminated pleural siliconoma should be recognized as a late adverse event of silicone breast implantation.