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SET T0029 - Emergency Department - Foreign Bodies

CASE 1

HISTORY

Female age 22 years. Upmarket coffee shop worker.

Injury to the right middle finger whilst washing up.

A delicate china cup broke and lacerated the ventral surface of the finger. 

QUESTION

 Is any part of the ceramic cup embedded in the lacerated area?

ANSWER

CASE 2

HISTORY

Male age 18 years. Seaside holiday following end of year examinations.

Knelt down in the sea. Thereafter he developed continuing pain in the anterior aspect of the right knee. On examination there is localised swelling. No good visual evidence of a cut or laceration.

 

QUESTION

Is there any evidence of a foreign body despite the fairly negative findings on clinical examination?

ANSWER

CASE 3

HISTORY

Young female 

On holiday. Fell on the sandy beach. The hand was laceraated.

QUESTION

The hand might have been cut by glass lying in the sand. Is a glass foreign body present?.

ANSWER

CASE 4

HISTORY

Female aged 45. Researcher.

An injury to the index finger many years ago when a glass pipette broke. Fairly persistent, and annoying, pain ever since the injury.

The patient thinks that a small piece of glass might remain in the finger - and is referred for radiography.

 

QUESTION

Is there any evidence of a glass foreign body?

ANSWER