Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 58(4): 250-252
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1186134
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A Cluster of Teflon Pledgets Manifesting as an Intrathoracic Cavitary Mass following Lung Resection

J.-I. Lee1 , K.-Y. Park1 , C.-H. Park1
  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University, Incheon, Republic of Korea
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Publication History

received September 16, 2008

Publication Date:
31 May 2010 (online)


Teflon pledgets are widely used for hemostasis and the reinforcement of friable tissue in surgery. However, rare but serious complications caused by the erosion of Teflon pledgets have been reported. We present an unusual case of an intrathoracic cavitary mass that was formed by the erosion of a cluster of Teflon pledgets into the lung parenchyma eight years after a lung resection.


Dr. Jae-Ik Lee

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Gil Medical Center, Gachon University

1198, Kuwol-Dong, Namdong-ku

405–760 Incheon

Republic of Korea

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