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Staple metalloptysis after lung resection for mycetoma: a case report and a review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18854685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The expectoration of metal fragments (metalloptysis) is a rare complication after thoracic surgery. It usually occurs in patients with severe emphysema. We present a case of metalloptysis of surgical staples that is unique in several aspects: it occurred longer after surgery than any previously reported case, it occurred after lobar resection surgery, and it most likely developed as a result of chronic necrotizing aspergillosis. Although metalloptysis usually requires no therapy, it may indicate an active infectious process that requires appropriate therapy.
Efstratios Panselinas; Marc A Judson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of the medical sciences     Volume:  336     ISSN:  0002-9629     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Med. Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-15     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370506     Medline TA:  Am J Med Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  365-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 29466, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary / surgery*
Cough / etiology
Foreign-Body Migration / microbiology*
Lung / radiography,  surgery*
Mycetoma / surgery*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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