An Unusual Metallic Foreign Body in the Right Ventricle

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Alberto Cresti, Francesco De Sensi, Elena Aldi, Alberto Picotti, Luca Franci, Pasquale Baratta, Jan Bogaert, Ugo Limbruno

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Published: 14 September 2018 | Article Type :

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Cardiac retained foreign bodies are very rare. We report the case of man with an iron splinter migrated from the arm to the right ventricle by a venous pathway after a traumatic upper arm injury, occurred while working on a manhole. The presence of the metallic foreign body was accidentaly discovered, twelve years later, during a cardiac magnetic resonance exam. Although very little, it caused a huge round-shaped artifact covering the entire right ventricle. Nevertheless the MR exam was immediately terminated as soon as the metal artifact was detected. A cardiac Computed Tomography confirmed the metallic nature. The magnetic exposure did not cause complications and a medical follow up was prescribed. Previous literature is reviewed.

Keywords: cardiac mass, traumatic embolization, foreign body, imaging artifact.

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Alberto Cresti, Francesco De Sensi, Elena Aldi, Alberto Picotti, Luca Franci, Pasquale Baratta, Jan Bogaert, Ugo Limbruno. (2018-09-14). "An Unusual Metallic Foreign Body in the Right Ventricle." *Volume 1*, 2, 16-19