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Investigation of polymethylmethacrylate pulmonary embolus in a patient ten years following vertebroplasty by David Leitman et al.

Published: 2011 Oct
Issue: 5(10) :: Pages: 14-21


Free full text article: Investigation of polymethylmethacrylate pulmonary embolus in a patient ten years following vertebroplasty

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Abstract: Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) is a procedure commonly used for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, and the number of procedures has been steadily increasing over the past decade. We report a case of an 81 year old female with a history of breast cancer that developed two vertebral body compression fractures and was subsequently treated with PV. The patient developed a subsegmental pulmonary polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) embolus as a complication of the procedure. Ten years following the procedure, she remained asymptomatic with the PMMA embolus being discovered incidentally during workup for a suspected chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation. In reviewing the case, we describe the typical presentation of a pulmonary PMMA embolus and consider methods to decrease the incidence of this complication.


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