ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 62-year-old woman who initially presented with symptoms suggesting acute type A aortic dissection. Imaging studies revealed hemorrhagic pericardial fluid without the evidence of dissection. Foreign body material was noted floating in the inferior vena cava (IVC) and also piercing the right ventricular wall. Upon surgical exploration, the extracted material could be identified to be acrylic bone cement (palacos). The patient had reported a history of kyphoplasty in 2008.
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