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Retained wooden foreign body in a child's parotid gland: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9509729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Foreign bodies can present a diagnostic challenge to even the experienced surgeon. In one review of 200 surgical cases involving retained foreign bodies, one-third of the cases had been initially missed. Wooden foreign bodies in particular pose a challenge to the physician. In the review cited above, only 15% of wooden foreign bodies were well visualized on plain radiographs. Acutely, on computed tomography (CT) scans, wooden foreign bodies will usually mimic air. However, with time, the attenuation value of a wooden foreign body may increase as moisture is absorbed from the surrounding tissues. Once this occurs, the wooden foreign body may mimic fat, water or muscle. We present an interesting case of a wooden foreign body in the parotid gland in order to illustrate a common presentation of such a foreign body, to review current guidelines for their clinical and radiologic diagnosis, and to suggest strategies for the management of their unique complications.
A L Woolley; L T Wimberly; S A Royal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear, nose, & throat journal     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0145-5613     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Nose Throat J     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-27     Completed Date:  1998-04-27     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701817     Medline TA:  Ear Nose Throat J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  140-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham 35216, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls
Child, Preschool
Follow-Up Studies
Foreign Bodies / diagnosis,  radiography*,  surgery*
Foreign-Body Reaction / radiography,  surgery
Parotid Gland / radiography*,  surgery*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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