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capsular contracture


Definition: a tightening of a normal membrane around a prosthetic implant, probably due to proliferation of myofibroblasts; results in deformation of the implant or its soft tissue covering, or both, and in variable symptoms. Noted with particular frequency in association with silicone breast implants.

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