Glass foreign body

Case contributed by Mr Andrew Murphy

Presentation

Deep lacerations to the wrist following car accident, suspected glass remaining.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Cube shaped foreign body over the ventral aspect of the ulna styloid favours the appearance of a glass fragment.

Case Discussion

Glass is one of the more common foreign bodies seen in emergency departments 1; contrary to popular belief, glass greater than 2 mm in diameter will always show up on plain film radiography regardless of the composition 2. A lead-based glass was once believed to be the only radioopaque glass; that is now known to be incorrect 3

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Case Information

rID: 48073
Case created: 18th Sep 2016
Last edited: 26th Sep 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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