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Year : 1978  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-61

Thorn And Wooden Splinter Induced “Osteomyelitis-Like Lesions” Of Bone And Soft Tissues



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Many articles can be found in the recent literature on reaction of bone to metal; but a review of literature of the last 50 years, yields very little reference to bone reaction to organic foreign material. Most organic foreign materials when embedded in or near bone, do not evoke a sufficient response in the neighbouring osseous structures to be recognized radiologically (Bunnell 1956, Gerle 1971). However, some plant thorns, twigs or wooden splinters, when present in or near a bone, can produce a pathological reaction, which may at times resemble a bone tumour roentgenographically. This pathological response may be either osteolytic or in the form of a periosteal reaction or a combination of these. Osteolytic changes are cystic in character with often smooth and sclerotic margins. We recently came across 3 such cases.


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