Breast Implant Illness or BII, is a term that describes unexplained symptoms that occur in women who have had breast implants. Sometimes the symptoms are signs of implant rupture or implant leakage, but in many cases the implants can show no visible defects.
Common BII symptoms include: joint pain, muscle aches, weakness, generalized fatigue, flu-like symptoms, rashes, hives, itchiness, swollen glands and tissues, hair loss, unexplained infections, chest pain, heart palpitations, hair loss, depression and anxiety, premature menopause or perimenopause, or other unexplained, non-specific symptoms. Some patients may even have diagnosis of autoimmune disorder, viral illness, fibromyalgia, or psychiatric syndromes.
There is no test for Breast Implant Illness so the only way to confirm BII is to remove the implants and document improvement of the symptoms.