|'Swallowed' ... woman's implant disappeared during pilates|
A US woman's breast implant was "swallowed" by her body during a Pilates stretching exercise.
The woman - a 59-year-old cancer survivor - had to have surgery to have the missing implant located and removed.
According to the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine the woman reported that her "body swallowed one of the implants" during a Pilates stretching exercise known as a Valsalva manoeuvre.
She attended Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital but did not report any pain. Surgeons retrieved the implant and placed it back where it had been.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, who did not treat the woman, told MSNBC the case was a "freak occurrence."
Youn said: "What likely happened in this instance is that the breast implant was placed under the chest muscle and on top of the ribs, an extremely common practice in breast reconstruction."
"When the patient Valsalva'd, the pectoralis (chest) muscle likely contracted and pushed the implant through the space between her ribs."
Culled from : The Sun