A 52-year-old woman was investigated for right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Abdominal X-ray revealed a linear metallic object superposed to the liver (Fig. A, arrow). Patient’s history was irrelevant except for a breast biopsy 20 years previously. She did not report any blunt abdominal trauma. Unenhanced abdominal CT was performed for exact localization of the foreign body. A linear metallic opacity was observed in the medial segment of left liver lobe (Fig. B). At laparotomy, a needle was found in the parenchyma over the hilar plate of the liver. Its location was checked by intraoperative fluoroscopy then it was extracted with a clamp through a small incision in the liver parenchyma. High resolution X-ray graph revealed that the foreign body was a sewing needle (Fig. C). At eight months follow up, she is symptom free without any complication.
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Incedayi M, Sonmez G, Gulec B, Yigitler C, Basekim C. A migrated sewing needle to the liver.. JBR-BTR. 2012;95(5):337. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.689