A foreign body reaction to Surgicel® in a lymph node diagnosed by endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration

DIana Badenes, Lara Pijuan, Víctor Curull, Albert Sánchez-Font

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© 2017 Annals of Thoracic Medicine | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow. Surgicel ® (Ethicon, North Ryde, NSW, Australia) is an absorbable sheet of oxidized cellulose polyanhydroglucuronic acid polymer used as an hemostatic in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. In some cases, the retained material may cause foreign body granulomatous reactions and simulate tumor recurrence, an abscess, an hematoma, or an infection. We report the case of a 55-year-old patient who was operated of a lung adenocarcinoma. In the thoracic computed tomography scan 1 year after the surgery, a right paratracheal lymph node was detected, so endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) was performed suspecting recurrence of the tumor. The cytology results of the lymph node showed a nonnecrotizing granulomatous reaction secondary to Surgicel ® , used as an hemostatic during the surgery. The objective of presenting this case is to consider foreign body reaction to Surgicel ® in the differential diagnosis of postoperative suspicion of neoplastic recurrence, and on the other hand, to note that EBUS-TBNA enables diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-56
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration
  • foreign body reaction
  • lung cancer
  • Surgicel ®


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