Glass foreign body
Deep lacerations to the wrist following car accident, suspected glass remaining.
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Cube shaped foreign body over the ventral aspect of the ulna styloid favours the appearance of a glass fragment.
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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- 3. Halaas GW. Management of foreign bodies in the skin. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76 (5): 683-8. Pubmed citation