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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 405947, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/405947
Case Report

An Unusual Case of Swab Embolism

1Groote Schuur Hospital, Anzio Road, J45 Old Main Building, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
2Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Medical School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
3Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
4Division of Forensic Medicine, Department of Pathology, University of Cape Town, Medical Campus, Falmouth Building, Cape Town 7925, South Africa

Received 25 April 2014; Accepted 15 September 2014; Published 29 September 2014

Academic Editor: Baran Tokar

Copyright © 2014 N. G. Naidoo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Intravascular foreign body embolism is an exceptionally uncommon problem. We report on an unusual case of a surgical swab embolism which occurred during a thoracic surgical procedure.