The UK medical regulator has indicated it is willing to re-examine whether there is any link between breast implants and a variety of symptoms suffered by women.

The Guardian reports that patients have complained for decades about what is generically known as breast implant illness but it is not officially recognised in the UK because the medical profession has been unable to establish a link.

However, the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has expressed its willingness to review the status quo amid an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches into the impact of implants. The documentary-makers spoke to individuals as well as a surgeon who has performed 3,000 explants and said almost everyone felt better as a result.

A MHRA spokesperson said: “I think it’s entirely reasonable that book should be opened again now, and we and our advisory group are already looking at the evidence around this and we would be eager to learn more from patients, particularly about their experiences in this area.”

Symptoms associated with breast implant illness can include choking, heart palpitations, brain fog, rashes, hair loss, joint pain, anxiety and depression.

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