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Miscellaneous Foreign Bodies

by Tim B. Hunter, MD and Mihra S. Taljanovic, MD, PhD


The following tables contain a miscellaneous assortment of foreign bodies. They supplement those shown in the Foreign Body essays, and the same principles apply to them. These tables will be periodically updated with new additions. We welcome submissions from interested viewers of this website.


Miscellaneous foreign bodies on the patient or in the patient's clothing

Cell phone in a patient's shirt pocket Eyeglasses Inhaler in shirt pocket Moles simulating foreign bodies
Cellphone in pocket Eyeglasses Inhalor in pocket Moles
      From Hunter, 1994
Necklace Multiple objects in pant pockets Tongue ring which showed on odontoid view of a cervical spine series Injured large toe with pulse oximater placed on same toe!
Necklace Pant pocket items Tongue ring Pulse oximater on injured toe
Note right axillary arterial stent (arrow)     There is a fracture of the distal phalanx of the large toe and a fracture of the distal phalanx of the fourth toe.
Small "calcification" on a trauma knee series (arrow) turns out to have been a rock in the patient's pants. Ice bags were put on an injured hand in the Emergency Department  
Rock in pants Rock in pants Ice bag on the hand Ice bag on the hand
Injured right index finger with pulse oximeter on injured finger and IV line in injured hand! Handcuffs Hearing aids  
Pulse oximeter on injured right index finger Handcuffs Hearing aid Hearing aid
There is a fracture of the proximal phalanx of the index finger. Prisoner from county jail with radiography for right wrist injury. Lateral radiograph of the cervical spine shows a hearing aid with a behind the ear compartment containing a battery (arrow), microphone, and amplifier. The ear mold has been removed. From Yoshino, 1994 These hearing aids incorporate the microphone, battery, and amplifier into the ear molds (arrows). This is an old image and more modern hearing aids are smaller and more contained. From Yoshino, 1994
Wound Vac   Artificial fingernails
Wound Vac over metatarsal stumps Wound Vac over metatarsal stumps Artificial fingernails Artificial fingernails
The Wound Vac is treating infected tissue overlying metatarsal stumps.      


Miscellaneous Foreign Body Ingestions

Swallowed filling in right colon Infant who swallowed a paper claps which became lodged in the hypopharynx Young child who swallowed a ring
Dental filling in bowel Paper clasp in hypopharynx Paper clasp in hypopharynx Ring in the stomach
25 year-old schizophrenic chemist who ingested lead nitrate. He recovered from the poisoning and was hospitalized for treatment of his schizophrenia. (Courtesy David Vanderkin, MD) Patient who swallowed a toothbrush. The bristles of the toothbrush are radio-opaque. Patient who accidentally swallowed her tongue ring Child who swallowed a baby tooth
Silver nitrate in the stomach Toothbrush in the stomach Tongue ring in bowel Tooth in stomach
Knot in a feeding tube Coin lodged above an esophageal stricture   Fishhooks impacted in the duodenum
Knot in feeding tube Coin in esophagus Coin in esophagus Fishooks in duodenum
  18 month boy who was having difficulty keeping his food down and had a history of tracheoesophageal (TE) fistula repair. A coin is lodged in his proximal esophagus above a stricture at the site of his TE fistula repair. From Hunter, 2003. Permission granted for use of images in this article by Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 29 year-old man who swallowed fishhooks as a bet. He wrapped them in tape for protection. They impacted in the duodenum and produced a 2 mm puncture in the IVC. The skin staples are from bowel surgery two months prior.
Fishhooks impacted in the duodenum - CT images    
Fishooks impacted in duodenum - CT Fishooks impacted in duodenum - CT    
29 year-old man who swallowed fishhooks as a bet. He wrapped them in tape for protection. They impacted in the duodenum and produced a 2 mm puncture in the IVC. The CT images show the hooks partially outside the duodenum (arrow).    

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