Foreign body - knife in liver

Case contributed by Dr Alexandra Stanislavsky


Stabbed in the chest. Haemodynamically unstable.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

A metallic density blade overlies the liver. There is a right-sided chest tube, and likely a second catheter overlying right midlung. Endotracheal tube within the right mainstem bronchus near the origin.

Case Discussion

 The detached knife blade was lodged in the liver (not visible externally). 

Diagnosis was delayed because this density was presumed to be external to patient.

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Case information

rID: 10611
Published: 25th Aug 2010
Last edited: 8th Aug 2018
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