American medics saved a 56-year-old man whose heart had been perforated by a 10 cm piece of cement.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, surgeons Gabe Weininger and John Elefteriades saved a man’s life by removing a 10 cm-long cement block from his heart during cardiothoracic surgery.
The individual showed up at the emergency room with chest pain and breathing difficulties.
After reviewing the scans, the physicians noticed a sharp object 10 cm long, punching a hole through his lung and creating a long internal lesion in his right side. The doctor was surprised since he had no understanding of where the item originated.
Doctors noticed a 10 cm embolism due to treatment the patient had a week earlier after surgically removing the foreign body from his chest.
It is known that following the injection of polymethylmethacrylate into the patient’s spine to repair broken vertebrae, it appeared that the cement had traveled from the spine into the patient’s heart, causing a 10 cm cement embolism on its path.
There were no difficulties following the treatment, which was a blessing. After a month of treatment, the man was practically back to normal.
Percutaneous kyphoplasty is a procedure commonly utilized around the world.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of intervention in a variety of medical issues. Percutaneous techniques were initially developed to alleviate the painful spinal deterioration caused by hemangiomas. Percutaneous spondyloplasty and spondyloplasty are now used to treat various conditions, including osteoporotic vertebral fractures, tumors, and fractures.
Despite, or potentially as a result of, the surgical technique’s extensive use, reports of problems are on the rise. These consequences are diverse, ranging from refraction of stabilized vertebrae to nearby vertebral fractures, prolonged discomfort, and specific types of trauma caused by cementitious leaks.
The most common complication following percutaneous vertebroplasty and spondyloplasty is cement leak. Leakage can cause various symptoms, from asymptomatic tissue lesions to nerve discomfort caused by nerve root compression and pulmonary cementum embolism (PCE).