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Cement Pulmonary Embolism Due to Percutaneous Vertebroplasty

Author(s):

Ali Zohra and Ugur Gonlugur*   Pages 1 - 3 ( 3 )

Abstract:


Background: Bone cement is uncommon cause of foreign-body pulmonary embolism.

Discussion: 65-year-old woman with a wheeze presented with multiple linear opacities with bone density on chest x-ray. She reported a percutaneous vertebroplasty 4 months ago. Non-contrast chest computerized tomography showed peripheral cement emboli in pulmonary arteries. The patient received conservative treatment.

Conclusion: Clinicians should be aware of this potential complication following vertebroplasty. It is necessary to perform a chest x-ray after procedure.

Keywords:

Vertebroplasty, pulmonary embolism, polymethyl methacrylate, foreign bodies, bone cements, prognosis

Affiliation:

Trakya University, School of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Edirne, Onsekiz Mart University, School of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Canakkale



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