Cement Pulmonary Embolism Due to Percutaneous Vertebroplasty

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Author(s): Ali Zohra, Ugur Gonlugur*

Journal Name: Current Medical Imaging
Formerly: Current Medical Imaging Reviews

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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

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DOI: 10.2174/1573405616666200923161922
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