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February 26, 1955

METHOD OF REMOVING RADIO-OPAQUE FOREIGN BODIES FROM THE HAND

JAMA. 1955;157(9):751. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950260057021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  It is common experience for a foreign body to "travel" during its attempted removal. This is due to actual motion of the sharp fragment during surgery, an inaccurate impression of its location, or both. X-ray examination is of considerable value in all cases and necessary in most, repeated fluoroscopies before and during surgery being usually more instructive than isolated films of the part. Both radiographic approaches give only relative and approximate locations of the fragments. Two other disadvantages of intermittent fluoroscopy during surgery are that it exposes the patient and surgeon to radiation for unnecessarily long periods of time and tends to make good aseptic technique more difficult to achieve. My experience has consisted primarily in the removal of fragments of glass, portions of sewing machine needles, chips off hammers, and small portions of armature copper wire from the hands of workers. The following method was devised,

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