Soft tissue foreign body - arm region

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

Presentation

History of penetrating injury by metal debris in deltoid region - about 5 - 6 years back. Complaining of local swelling for a few days.

Patient Data

Age: about 35 yrs
Gender: Male
Ultrasound

There is a linear echogenic structure at site of swelling pointed by patient - Foreign body.

Length                         - about 14 mm

Thickness                    - about 3 mm

Superficial end            - lies in subcutaneous fat.

Deeper end                  - lies in deltoid muscle.

There is thin hypoechoic rim around foreign body - granulation.

There is no local collection.

Dopplar                       - Twinkle artifact is noted due to irregular surface of foreign body.     

Case Discussion

Findings favour foreign body in soft tissue of arm. It was removed surgically. It was a metal foreign body.

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Case information

rID: 42012
Case created: 31st Dec 2015
Last edited: 2nd Jan 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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