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Migration of a swallowed toothpick into the liver: the value of multiplanar CT.

Department of Radiology, Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510080, China.
The British journal of radiology (Impact Factor: 2.02). 05/2009; 82(976):e79-81. DOI: 10.1259/bjr/16399296
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ABSTRACT Foreign body ingestion is not an uncommon problem encountered in clinical practice. However, the associated complication of bowel perforation and migration of the foreign body to the liver is rare. We report two cases of hepatic foreign bodies identified intra-operatively as toothpicks, with the alimentary tract being the presumed origin.

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