Foreign body - forearm

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Left forearm mid - distal palmer side - wood splinter injury 2 - 3 months ago. Complains of local swelling with recurrent pain.

Patient Data

Age: 25 yrs
Gender: Male

There is soft tissue swelling on palmer aspect of distal forearm.


There is a linear echogenic focus ( about 33 mm long ) at site of clinically visible swelling. It is a foreign body - wood splinter. It is in flexure digitorum superficialis muscle belly. There are two other wood splinters ( about 10 - 12 mm long ) and few smaller ( < 5 mm long ) near distal end of larger foreign body mentioned above. There is collection around these foreign bodies which is causing clinically visible swelling.

There is another wood splinter ( about 30 mm long ) just proximal to above mentioned foerign body. It is also in flexure digitorum superficialis muscle belly; however, a deeper level. There is granuloma ( about 15 x 10 mm ) around this foreign body extending to deeper profundus muscle.

Median nerve, ulnar nerve are normal. Ulnar and radial arteries are patent.


Intra-operative photoes showing foreign bodies - wood splinters.


Two longer - larger and other smaller wood splinters.

Case Discussion

Young male presented with history of wood splinter injury to forearm about 2- 3 months back. Ultrasound shows multiple foreign bodies which were removed by surgery.

Intra-operative photos courtesy of operating surgeon Dr Niraj Patel.

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Case information

rID: 51536
Published: 8th Mar 2017
Last edited: 11th Mar 2017
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