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August 15, 1966

Sewing Needle as Pulmonary Foreign Body

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San Francisco

JAMA. 1966;197(7):592. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110070116037

To the Editor:—  The occurrence in and migration from the lungs of metallic foreign bodies is an event unusual enough to warrant reporting.

Report of a Case:—  A 30-year-old Spanish woman was treated medically for a bleeding duodenal ulcer. Routine chest x-ray study revealed a metallic object resembling a common sewing needle in the lower part of the left lung field (Figure). Further x-ray studies revealed two parallel fragments of similar type objects in the hip.The patient was born in Spain in a large and poor family. Each of the female members of the family was taught to sew at an early age, usually 5 or 6 years, and this endeavor occupied much of their time. Furthermore, each of the girls was given her own sewing needle, which became a highly valued object and the loss of which resulted in immediate parental discipline. A common overnight repository for the