TURK GOGUS KALP DAMAR CERRAHISI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, vol.23, no.3, pp.584-587, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
Although percutaneous vertebroplasty was first used in the treatment of vertebral hemangiomas, in time, it took part in the treatment of painful osteoporotic and pathological vertebral fractures. Cement embolism is a rare complication of vertebroplasty and usually remains asymptomatic; however, sometimes it may lead to fatal results. In this article, we report a 47-year-old female patient of cement embolism diagnosed by thorax computed tomography that was confused with involvement of tuberculosis due to incidentally detected high-density pulmonary opacities on plain graph. We also discussed other pathologies which should be considered in differential diagnosis when pulmonary opacities are identified.