Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Foreign body - needles


The first routine radiograph showed 2 charm needles embedded in this female patient's back. The second radiograph showed a slightly longer needle in the posterior upper left chest. It is most likely to be in the subcutaneous tissue on his back.
Charm needles are used widely by Indonesian women for beauty purposes. They do not caused any clinical problems. I have done a few MRI cases with charm needles and nothing untowards happen. Presumably they are too small to be significant.

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