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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 108-110

Self-insertion of needles: An unusual cause of empyema thoracis and its thoracoscopic management

Department of Surgery, C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow, India

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Vinod Jain
Department of Surgery, C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.59309

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Intrapulmonary aberrant needles are rare in clinical practice. Most common cause till date is the intra-thoracic migration of pins and wires commonly used in treatment of fractures and dislocations of upper extremity. Some cases of traumatic intra-thoracic insertion of needles have also been reported. We report a patient of empyema thoracis due to unusual habit of self-insertion of needles in his body because of some myth. The patient was successfully managed by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.


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