Cardiac perforation and tricuspid regurgitation as a complication of percutaneous vertebroplasty

Son, Kuk Hui; Chung, Jae Ho; Sun, Kyung; Son, Ho Sung
March 2008
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Mar2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p508
Academic Journal
Abstract: Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive technique that is used to treat vertebral fractures, tumors and osteolytic vertebral metastases. However, cement leakage to the venous system is a potential source of serious complications after percutaneous vertebroplasty. We report a 65-year-old female patient who demonstrated cardiac perforation, pulmonary cement embolism, and tricuspid regurgitation, and these were all caused by venous leakage of polymethylmethacrylate as a complication of the procedure.


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