ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Uncomplicated retainment of metal coronary bulldog clips recognized five years after coronary artery bypass graft surgery
Murat Tulmaç1, Nurtaç Özer1, Haksun Ebinç1, Vedat Şimşek2, M. Tolga Doğru1
1Department of Cardiology, Medicine Faculty of Kırıkkale University, Kırıkkale
2Department of Cardiology, Sivas Numune Hospital, Sivas
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2011.057
We report a patient with retained metal coronary bulldog clips in the mediastinum during coronary artery bypass surgery which was recognized during coronary angiography following the diagnosis of unstable angina pectoris after an uncomplicated period of five years. This case suggests that conservative management of patients with postoperatively recognized retained foreign material should be kept in mind as an alternative to reoperation.
Keywords : Bulldog clips; coronary angiography; coronary artery bypass graft surgery; retained surgical material
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