Getting to the point

A case of a sewing needle retrieved from the thigh

Elizabeth A. Brezinski, Daniel B Eisen, Barbara A Burrall

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Foreign bodies are rarely retained in the skin after puncture wounds or impalement injuries and are even less commonly initially detected several months after penetration. Sewing needles are most frequently reported in the literature as foreign bodies in cases of ingestion, inoculation of the cranium and heart, and penetration of the knee. Herein we describe a case of a middle-aged man who presented to the outpatient dermatology clinic with an 8-month history of a nodule in his left thigh; he had noted recent onset of mild pain. On examination he was found to have a sharp needle-like point palpable below the skin of his left lateral thigh. Plain radiographs of the left thigh showed a fractured sewing needle overlying the same area. During local incision, two fragments of a sewing needle were removed from the lateral thigh.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Volume20
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Fingerprint

Thigh
Needles
Foreign Bodies
Skin
Wounds and Injuries
Dermatology
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Punctures
Skull
Knee
Eating
Pain

Keywords

  • Foreign body
  • Plain radiography
  • Sewing needle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

Cite this

Getting to the point : A case of a sewing needle retrieved from the thigh. / Brezinski, Elizabeth A.; Eisen, Daniel B; Burrall, Barbara A.

In: Dermatology Online Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2014.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{cc457294d2ab4ca9951db13b1c910263,
title = "Getting to the point: A case of a sewing needle retrieved from the thigh",
abstract = "Foreign bodies are rarely retained in the skin after puncture wounds or impalement injuries and are even less commonly initially detected several months after penetration. Sewing needles are most frequently reported in the literature as foreign bodies in cases of ingestion, inoculation of the cranium and heart, and penetration of the knee. Herein we describe a case of a middle-aged man who presented to the outpatient dermatology clinic with an 8-month history of a nodule in his left thigh; he had noted recent onset of mild pain. On examination he was found to have a sharp needle-like point palpable below the skin of his left lateral thigh. Plain radiographs of the left thigh showed a fractured sewing needle overlying the same area. During local incision, two fragments of a sewing needle were removed from the lateral thigh.",
keywords = "Foreign body, Plain radiography, Sewing needle",
author = "Brezinski, {Elizabeth A.} and Eisen, {Daniel B} and Burrall, {Barbara A}",
year = "2014",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "20",
journal = "Dermatology Online Journal",
issn = "1087-2108",
publisher = "Department of Dermatology UC Davis",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Getting to the point

T2 - A case of a sewing needle retrieved from the thigh

AU - Brezinski, Elizabeth A.

AU - Eisen, Daniel B

AU - Burrall, Barbara A

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Foreign bodies are rarely retained in the skin after puncture wounds or impalement injuries and are even less commonly initially detected several months after penetration. Sewing needles are most frequently reported in the literature as foreign bodies in cases of ingestion, inoculation of the cranium and heart, and penetration of the knee. Herein we describe a case of a middle-aged man who presented to the outpatient dermatology clinic with an 8-month history of a nodule in his left thigh; he had noted recent onset of mild pain. On examination he was found to have a sharp needle-like point palpable below the skin of his left lateral thigh. Plain radiographs of the left thigh showed a fractured sewing needle overlying the same area. During local incision, two fragments of a sewing needle were removed from the lateral thigh.

AB - Foreign bodies are rarely retained in the skin after puncture wounds or impalement injuries and are even less commonly initially detected several months after penetration. Sewing needles are most frequently reported in the literature as foreign bodies in cases of ingestion, inoculation of the cranium and heart, and penetration of the knee. Herein we describe a case of a middle-aged man who presented to the outpatient dermatology clinic with an 8-month history of a nodule in his left thigh; he had noted recent onset of mild pain. On examination he was found to have a sharp needle-like point palpable below the skin of his left lateral thigh. Plain radiographs of the left thigh showed a fractured sewing needle overlying the same area. During local incision, two fragments of a sewing needle were removed from the lateral thigh.

KW - Foreign body

KW - Plain radiography

KW - Sewing needle

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84892691044&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84892691044&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 20

JO - Dermatology Online Journal

JF - Dermatology Online Journal

SN - 1087-2108

IS - 1

ER -