J Accid Emerg Med. 1995 Dec; 12(4): 298-9.
Removal of minute foreign bodies.
Department of Plastic Surgery, Salisbury District Hospital, Wilts, UK.
The precise localization and surgical removal of the broken tip of an acupuncture needle is reported. The needle was suspected of causing chronic suppuration and sinus formation in the patient's leg. A localizing guide-wire was inserted pre-operatively under fluoroscopic control. Subsequent surgical removal of the foreign body was carried out swiftly and simply with the aid of an image intensifier.