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Archives of Hand and Microsurgery 2014;23(2):93-96.
Published online November 30, 2014.
Diagnosing Micro Foreign Bodies with the Microscope
Chan Kwon, Seung Chul Rhee, Su Jin Bahk, Sang Hun Cho, Su Rak Eo<sup>*</sup>
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Dongguk University School of Medicine, Ilsan, Korea.
Received: 27 May 2014   • Revised: 16 October 2014   • Accepted: 19 October 2014
The microscope is a surgical instrument with wide use in plastic surgeries more often than other departments due to the high rate of microscopic surgeries. Unfortunately, because the microscope is used mainly for digital replantations and free flaps, the utilization rate is low compared to the price and usability of the microscope itself. From September 2013 to March 2014, a foreign body which was untraceable with radiology in a patient who desired surgical exploration (one case), and a foreign body which was detected but was smaller than 3 mm (two cases) were removed using the microscope. All foreign bodies, which were fish bone, thin metals, or wooden objects, matching the history of the patients, were completely removed without damage. There were no complications and patient satisfaction was high through follow-up. We have described the microscope as the last and optimal examination tool in removal of micro foreign bodies. A simple change of thought, so that the microscope can be used as a second diagnostic tool will decrease complications by foreign bodies.
Key Words: Microscopy, Foreign bodies, Disgnosis
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