Glass foreign body

Case contributed by Henry Knipe


? glass foreign body

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Radiopacity measuring 4mm projects between the first and second metacarpals, likely representing a retained foreign body. 

Annotated image

Annotated image. 

Subsequent ultrasound did not identify site of foreign body and a repeat x-ray with skin marker at the puncture site was performed for localization.


Repeat x-rays with a skin marker at the left thenar eminence puncture wound. 3mm radiopaque foreign body to be approximately 3mm deep to the puncture site.

Case Discussion

All types of glass that are at least 1-2mm should be able to demonstrated on x-ray. 

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