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October 30, 1972

Intraoperative Death Associated with Acrylic Bone CementReport of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

JAMA. 1972;222(5):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210050048011

Two cases of sudden death occurred during the insertion of hip prostheses with the use of methyl methacrylate polymer as bone cement. In one case in which an autopsy was performed, widespread marrow emboli were found. Hypotension was also an additional factor in cardiopulmonary collapse.