Silicone implants and autoimmune disease Can a silicon breast implant cause autoimmune disease? Myth. Silicone implants, which were removed from market in 1992 and later reintroduced have not been found to be associated with any autoimmune diseases.
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Silicon, the second most abundant element on earth after oxygen, has been associated with autoimmune connectivetissue diseases and production of autoantibodies in patients with silicone breast implants.