Extensive Intracardiac Cement Embolism in a Patient Undergoing Workup for Bone Marrow Transplant

Gavisha Waidyaratne, Caitlin Bennett, Elvira Umyarova, Naresh Bumma


Cement emboli are a well-established complication of kyphoplasties and vertebroplasties and can easily be mistaken for wires. While kyphoplasties are commonly performed for vertebral fractures caused by metastases from malignancies such as multiple myeloma, the implication of cement emboli in bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients is not well documented. Our patient presented with an incidental intracardiac cement embolism found while undergoing workup for BMT. He was managed conservatively, but transplant workup was put on hold until the embolism could be removed due to the risks associated with cement emboli. The significance of cement emboli in immunocompromised patients needs to be further investigated.

J Hematol. 2023;12(6):283-286
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jh1202


Cement embolism; Stem cell transplantation; Multiple myeloma; Transplant; Kyphoplasty

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