Thigh foreign body (thorn)

Case contributed by Dr Gabriela Eede


Fall off from bike; landed on his thigh on some branches. The patient pulled the branches out but had the feeling of a residual foreign body.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

On the ultrasound of the right thigh, there is a linear echogenic body that is 26 mm long, lying 16 mm deep to the surface of the skin.


Thorn surgically removed, with scalpel for size reference.

Photo contributed by Dr. Manzano Juan Manuel.

Case Discussion

Given the high risk of infection due to the presence of a foreign body at the musculoskeletal level, after trauma, it is extremely important to have the ultrasound images that indicate the size and location of it, for proper surgical removal.

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Case information

rID: 53179
Published: 16th May 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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