capsular contracture

noun

Definition of capsular contracture

: contracture involving a capsule or capsule-shaped structure specifically : shrinking and tightening of the mass of scar tissue around a breast implant that occurs especially with some silicone implants and may result in pain and in unnatural firmness and distortion of the breast

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Capsular contracture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capsular%20contracture. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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capsular contracture

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Medical Definition of capsular contracture

: contracture involving a capsule or capsule-shaped structure It is important, however, not to ignore the presence of osteophytes or capsular contractures since simply removing the loose bodies does not help patients with these diagnoses. — Champ L. Baker, Jr. and Grant L. Jones, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, March 1999 specifically : shrinking and tightening of the mass of scar tissue around a breast implant that occurs especially with some silicone implants and may result in pain and in unnatural firmness and distortion of the breast As we now know, within two to four years of receiving a silicone implant, nearly 70 percent of patients suffer capsular contracture, a hardening of the scar tissue around the implant, which squeezes the implant into a hard disk. Ms., March/April 1996

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