#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Schummer, W., Schlonski, O. and Breuer, M. (2013) Bone cement embolism attached to central venous catheter. British Journal of Anaesthesia. December 5th. [epub ahead of print].
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.