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Foreign body (glass splinter) finger

Patient Positioning

Patient seated in front of the examiner, hand palm up resting on a examination table.

Probe Positioning

Place the transducer on a longitudinal planes over the palmar aspect of the finger of interest. Do not use any pressure - especially while looking for effusion or using doppler mode. Use dynamic scanning to check the movement of the tendons during flexion / extension or against resistance to check the pulleys.

note: patient suffers from pain and recurrent swelling of the distal finger after a trauma with a broken glass ampule. X-ray was negative. The high resolution ultrasound reveals a small, hyperechoic structure. The structure was open resected - a small glass splinter.