Retained metallic surgical suture

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Mandibular surgeon came to discuss a post-operative radiograph.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male

Face bones X-ray

Radiopaque lines projected on the right jaw.


CT Facial bones

Radiopaque lines adjacent to the right jaw. 

Case Discussion

The case was interpreted as a foreign body in a surgical site, possibly gauze. After ew surgical intervention it was found to be a metallic surgical suture.

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Case information

rID: 14345
Case created: 17th Jul 2011
Last edited: 24th Nov 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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