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Revista Uruguaya de Cardiología

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VAZQUEZ, Joaquín; GRASSI, Rafael; SIMEONE, Andrea  and  SALISBURY, Siul. Malignant ventricular arrhythmia associated to gossypiboma. Clinical case report. Rev.Urug.Cardiol. [online]. 2021, vol.36, n.2, e702.  Epub Aug 01, 2021. ISSN 0797-0048.

A gossypiboma, oblitoma or textiloma is defined as a surgical object left in the interior of the body after surgery. It represents an uncommon but potentially life threatening post-surgery complication. Clinical manifestations are variable and depend on location, relations and size, from pseudo-tumoral masses, bleeding, fever, pain and other nonspecific presentations. The onset of symptoms is unpredictable, occurring from months or years after surgery. Patients may course asymptomatically and be diagnosed incidentally as an imaging finding. We describe a case of a patient with gossypiboma diagnosed 40 years after undergoing cardiac surgery, who presented with a malignant ventricular arrhythmia.

Keywords : Gossypiboma; Malignant ventricular arrhythmia.

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