Retained suture needle

Case contributed by Dr Brendon Friesen


Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 80
Modality: X-ray

Suture needle projects over a biliary stent. Pneumobilia and cholecystectomy clips.

Modality: CT

CT confirms the retained suture needle in subcutaneous tissues of anterior abdominal wall.

Case Discussion

Retained suture needle from open cholecystectomy >30 yrs prior.

The needle was not clinically palpable, nor visible on ultrasound.

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Case Information

rID: 38175
Case created: 9th Jul 2015
Last edited: 7th Oct 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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