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For most women who have breast implants, an infection around the implant is a rare event. However, in some cases, particularly after placing an implant for breast reconstruction, an infection may result. Since the human body has a hard time fighting an infection around an implant, both patients and surgeons face challenges when these unfortunate events happen.

A publication this month by Dr. Gutowski and Dr Washer, an infection specialist, offers advice and guidelines for physicians who are faced with different treatments for breast implant infections.