Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine| Volume 17, ISSUE 6, P1045, November 1999

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Silver nitrate as a radiopaque foreign body1

      A 40-year-old male presented to the Emergency Department after having stepped on broken glass. On presentation, a small bleeding vessel was noted, and hemostasis was obtained with silver nitrate. A subsequent X-ray of the foot showed a radiopaque foreign body (Figure 1A, arrow). Upon manual exploration, no foreign body was recovered. The radiopacity corresponded exactly to the location of application of silver nitrate to the bleeding vessel.
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      Figure 1A, radiopaque foreign body (arrow); B, silver nitrate applicator tip (arrow).
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