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Granulomatous dermatitis related to silicone implant


Silicone in liquid and gel implantation may induce granuloma formation and migration. Although there are many complications associated with solid silicone implantation, there have been no published reports of distant granuloma formation. We present a case of a woman with clinical and serologic findings that are consistent with systemic lupus erythematosus and a histopathologic diagnosis of foreign body granulomatous dermatitis 20 years after solid silicone nasal implantation. We review the literature on silicone granulomas and their treatment and speculate on the potential etiologies of a challenging case presentation.

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