Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 11 Number 2, April 2004

Ultrasound assisted detection and removal of wooden foreign bodies in soft tissue

KL Chung and CW Kam

Soft tissue foreign bodies represent a common cause for emergency department visits. Diagnosis may be difficult especially with non-radiopaque foreign bodies. Undetected wooden foreign bodies can cause significant morbidity, repeat visits, high cost, and extensive surgery. We report a case in which ultrasound was used in the Emergency Department to detect and remove wooden foreign bodies from the soft tissue. Ultrasound and other imaging modalities that may aid in the early diagnosis are discussed. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2004;11:104-108)

Keywords : Emergencies, ultrasonography, wood, x-rays

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