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December 1992

Needle-Wire Localization of an Infratemporal Fossa Foreign Body Using Computed Tomography

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Shemen and Godfrey) and Radiology (Dr Shemen), Booth Memorial Medical Center, Flushing, Queens, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(12):1337-1339. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880120063012

• We report a case involving the localization and surgical removal of a traumatically introduced foreign body deep within the infratemporal fossa. Needle-hookwire placement with computed tomographic guidance allowed the precise localization and marking of the foreign body. Surgical removal under local anesthesia and without extensive exploration was, therefore, possible. The details of the localization and marking techniques are described. Needle-hookwire localization under computed tomographic guidance should be considered for deeply located foreign bodies in the head and neck area.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:1337-1339)

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