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Identifying a Needle Foreign Body in the Neck With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Published:September 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2022.09.023
      The dangers of intravenous drug users (IVDUs) are well understood. Complications from the drug itself or the infectious risks associated with IVDUs are seen frequently in emergency departments (EDs). A rare complication of IVDUs is from fracture of the needle itself. Our case shows how point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used as a quick and easy tool when trying to remove or identify foreign bodies from delicate anatomical areas.

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