Retained suture needle

Case contributed by Dr Brendon Friesen


Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 80

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


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
Published: 9th Jul 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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