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great number of files were available, we would have been
able to subdivide our implant group by type of implant.
Future researchers may find it productive to continue
to explore neuropsychological deficits and silicone gel
breast implants. The HRNB seemed especially well suited to
this type of research, as it is a standard battery that is
commonly used by neuropsychologists. Additional measures of
malingering and motivation may be useful, due to the
litigation surrounding breast implants. It may be
interesting to compare the performance of patients involved
in litigation and patients not involved in litigation.
Future research to replicate our results would be
beneficial, as this is the first study of this kind using a
sufficient sample size.
One area of future research that may help to document
the CNS deficits associated with silicone adjuvant disease
involves the children of implant patients. Some physicians
are currently recommending explantation for implant patients
contemplating pregnancy, because silicone has been observed
in breast milk, and to cross the placental barrier (Lewy,
1994). No studies exist that explore pediatric CNS
difficulties related to prenatal silicone exposure, and/or
silicone transmitted through nursing. As medical
recommendations are being made for pediatric silicone
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Kasper, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth). Neuropsychological Deficits Associated with Silicone Gel Breast Implants, dissertation, August 1996; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278085/m1/53/?q&fbclid=IwAR3Pe1hW1KMMgZP9hMK83VKCI_ryJZx4MWCCxBnJC1j_YWlQ3Wm1AHrYElY: accessed December 9, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .