Wooden foreign body

Case contributed by Dr Giovanni Caruana


Patient with cone-shaped wooden fragment into the proximal phalanx of the first finger of the left hand, penetrated from the dorsal side, passing through the soft tissues and reaching the volar side without breaching the skin.

Patient Data

Age: 62
Gender: Male

Difficult to see radiolucency in the soft tissues of the proximal phalanx of the first finger of the left hand.


Wooden foreign body is easily seen in the same orientation as one the radiograph. 

Case Discussion

Wood density (0.3-0.9 g/cm³) is lower than soft tissues density (1.0-1.1 g/cm³), thus a wooden foreign body can be sometimes seen as radiolucent compared to surrounding soft tissues.

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Case information

rID: 48960
Case created: 2nd Nov 2016
Last edited: 3rd Nov 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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