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  Global Journal of Surgery. Volume 2, Issue 4 (2011) pp. 183-184
  Research Article
An unusual mechanism of pulmonary embolisation of the metal tip of a spinal rod
  Thai Vu, Margaret Gilfillan, Christos Alexiou  
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham ,NG5 1PB, UK
  We report the case of a young female, whilst undergoing spinal surgery for scoliosis had a complication of a projectile metal tip cut from the spinal rod prosthesis embolising via the the hepatic vein to the inferior vena cava (IVC), the right side of the heart and then to the pulmonary artery. She underwent a median sternotomy and normothermic cardiopulmonary bypass and the foreign body was removed following pulmonary arteriotomy.
  Pulmonary embolisation; Harrington spinal rod  

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