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Cardiac tamponade caused by migration of ingested metallic wire
  1. Zhi-Wei Zhang,
  2. Tian-Xiang Gu,
  3. Zong-Yi Xiu,
  4. Qin Fang
  1. Department of Cardiac Surgery, The first Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zhi-Wei Zhang, Department of Cardiac Surgery The first Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110001, China; neoart{at}

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A 36-year-old male was referred to our emergency department with exacerbation of chest pain and dyspnoea. In past history, the patient swallowed about a dozen of metallic wires (straightened paper clips), tying to obtain release from jail 3 years earlier. He was treated conservatively and three wires had been passed with stool. He had been …

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  • Contributors Z-WZ performed the procedure and wrote the manuscript. T-XG assisted in the operation. Z-YX and QF were in charge of the postoperative care of the patient.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The report was approved by the institutional ethics committee.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.