Germany urges removal of PIP breast implants

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BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is recommending that women who have potentially faulty French-made breast implants get them removed as a precautionary measure.

Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices said Friday it was making the recommendation following information from doctors and other experts that silicon from the implants could leak and cause "possible health risks" even if the implants haven't ruptured.

Its chairman, Walter Schwerdtfeger, said "how urgent a removal is in any given case depends essentially on how long the patient has had the implant."

The institute had recommended last month that affected women have their implants checked for possible ruptures. It has no information on how many women received these breast implants in Germany.