Unusual migration of a foreign body from the gut to a vertebral body

Özsunar Y., TALI E. T., Kilic K.

Neuroradiology, vol.40, no.10, pp.673-674, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s002340050663
  • Journal Name: Neuroradiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.673-674
  • Keywords: foreign body, ingested, spine
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


We report a unique case in which a needle was accidentally swallowed and migrated into the vertebral body. Plain films and CT of the spine revealed fragmented, linear, metallic-density material in the L3 vertebral body. The possible mechanisms of the migration are discussed.