Glass foreign bodies (hand)

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


History of glass particle injury to ulnar aspect of palm around 18 months back. Complaining of mild local pain which increased during the last few days.

Patient Data

Age: 10 years
Gender: Male

There are multiple linear echogenic foci in the soft tissue of palm at the site of pain pointed by the patient. There is reverberation artifact by larger foci. One elongated focus is in subcutaneous plane. Another one is reaching deep to flexure tendon. A smaller focus is seen between two large foci.


There are four radiopacities in the soft tissue of palm on the ulnar side. There are no signs of osteomyelitis in adjacent bones.

Case Discussion

The patient presented with a history of glass particle injury to hand about 18 months back. Ultrasound shows multiple linear echogenic structures in the soft tissue of palm at the site of pain consistent with foreign bodies. Radiographs of hand show similar findings.

Glass foreign bodies were removed at surgery.

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Case information

rID: 53273
Published: 10th May 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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