Retained metallic surgical suture

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Maxillofacial surgeon came to discuss a post-operative radiograph.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Facial bones radiographs

Radiopaque lines projected on the right jaw.


CT Facial bones

Radiopaque lines adjacent to the right jaw. 

Case Discussion

This case was interpreted as a foreign body in a surgical bed, likely gauze. After surgical intervention, it was found to be a metallic surgical suture.

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Case information

rID: 14345
Published: 17th Jul 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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