Media Advisory: Ohio State expert available to speak about breast implants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—In light of yesterday’s recall of breast implants linked to a rare cancer, an expert in polymers from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is available to discuss her research in developing new polymer materials and coatings for breast implants.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday requested that Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of textured implant, recall specific models of its breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

The agency also issued a safety communication for patients with breast implants, patients considering breast implants, and health care professionals outlining the known risks and steps patients should consider when monitoring for symptoms of BIA-ALCL, including swelling and pain in their breasts.

Judit Puskas, a professor with expertise in polymer science and engineering in the CFAES Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, can discuss her work in developing new polymer materials and coatings for breast implants that will not leak and can also mitigate various side effects such as inflammation, capsular contracture, and infection.

One of Puskas’ research goals is to develop breast implants that could detect and even cure cancer. She is working on new breast reconstruction technology as well as polymer-based cancer drugs. “I would like to really help women in need of breast implants, especially after mastectomy,” said Puskas.

Puskas can be reached at puskas.19@osu.edu or 330-310-1072.

For more information contact: 
CFAES News Team
614-292-2270