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The patient is a 73-year-old woman who presents with a foreign body (a piece of wood, specifically) sticking out of a scratch on her hand. She reports that she fell in her yard. On examination, you discover that she also has local pain and swelling of the left wrist.

View the x-ray taken and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be.

73-year-old woman with foreign body lodged in hand after fall

Nahum Kovalski, BSc, MDCM

Clinical Researcher at TEREM Emergency Services
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