Ancillary Studies

In general, there is very little need for ancillary tests in most patients with traumatic wounds, with the exception of possible imaging studies to detect and locate retained foreign bodies. Foreign bodies are suggested by either the mechanism of injury, persistent foreign-body sensation reported by the patient, or palpation of a hard object by the examining physician. Fortunately, pieces of metal, glass, gravel, teeth, and bone larger than 1 mm are readily visible on plain radiographs when taken using the soft tissue technique and with multiple views to avoid overlapping bone (see Chap 42, "Soft Tissue Foreign Bodies"). Unfortunately, some foreign bodies (plastic, wood, and other organic material) are radiolucent and not visible on plain radiographs. For these objects, computed tomography is the best imaging modality for detection and localization. Ultrasound, though attractive, does not have the required sensitivity to exclude a retained foreign body under clinical circumstances.

Peripheral Neuropathy Natural Treatment Options

Peripheral Neuropathy Natural Treatment Options

This guide will help millions of people understand this condition so that they can take control of their lives and make informed decisions. The ebook covers information on a vast number of different types of neuropathy. In addition, it will be a useful resource for their families, caregivers, and health care providers.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment