A rare nidus for pulmonary thromboembolism after vertebroplasty

Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Pranathi Rao Sundaragiri, Ojas Bansal, Theresa A. Townley

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Percutaneous vertebroplasty is used to treat osteoporotic compression fractures and bone loss due to malignancy. The cement used can serve as a potential nidus for pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). An 87-year-old woman with recent L2 vertebroplasty presented with abdominal pain and shortness of breath. Thoracoabdominal CT scan revealed extensive bilateral pulmonary emboli associated with a 9 cm cement fragment in the inferior vena cava (IVC) extending proximally from the level of the right superior renal vein, likely secondary to cement leak from the vertebral plexus into the IVC. She refused catheter extraction was managed conservatively. There are 51 reported cases of cement pulmonary embolism. IVC foreign bodies serving as a nidus for PTE have been reported with IVC filters with an incidence of 6.2%. This is the second reported case of vertebroplasty cement serving as a nidus for PTE. Treatment depends on time interval between the procedure and the symptom onset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMJ case reports
StatePublished - Oct 23 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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