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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64-67

Surgical extraction of a delayed symptomatic polymethylmethacrylate cement pulmonary embolism: A case report and discussion of surgical therapy


Department of Surgery, Summa Health System, Akron, OH 44304, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Michael S Firstenberg
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Summa Health System, 75 Arch Street, No. 407, Akron, OH 44304
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_50_17

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Pulmonary cement embolization (PCE) is a rare but significant complication of vertebroplasty surgery. The management of this process is not well studied and depends on the extent and duration of symptoms. Here, a case of 68-year-old woman is presented who was found to have a symptomatic PCE involving the left main pulmonary artery 9 months after a kyphoplasty surgery was performed with polymethylmethacrylate. She was successfully managed surgically by the left main pulmonary embolectomy with complete symptomatic resolution postoperatively. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care, Medical knowledge.


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