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Bone cement embolism attached to central venous catheter.

British journal of anaesthesia (2013-12-10)
W Schummer, O Schlonski, M Breuer
ABSTRACT

We report on a rare complication of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), injected into the spine, which then inadvertently leaked into the venous system. This resulted in an embolism of PMMA and produced a mass surrounding a triple lumen central venous catheter located in the superior vena cava. The catheter as well as the attached mass of PMMA was retrieved safely by cardiothoracic surgery. This case emphasizes the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment and illustrates the need for close monitoring of patients undergoing any spinal surgery that includes vertebroplasty.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, average Mw 97,000 (Typical), average Mn 46,000 (Typical)
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 50,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 10,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 100,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 2,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 20,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 8,000
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 2,480,000
Sigma-Aldrich
Poly(methyl methacrylate)
Supelco
Poly(methyl methacrylate), analytical standard, for GPC, 4,000
Sigma-Aldrich
Poly(methyl methacrylate), average Mw ~350,000 by GPC
Sigma-Aldrich
Poly(methyl methacrylate)
Sigma-Aldrich
Poly(methyl methacrylate), average Mw ~15,000 by GPC, powder
Sigma-Aldrich
Poly(methyl methacrylate), isotactic, >80% isotactic