MPS  Vol.2 No.4 , October 2012
Surgical Removal of Numerous Foreign Bodies from the Foot Caused by Sea Urchin Spines
ABSTRACT
Injury from sea urchin spines is not rare, especially during summer holidays in the sea side. Failure to remove these spines or inability to remove them completely can lead to long-term squeal of pain and impaired function. Treatment methods include alternative medicine, LASER and surgery. We describe the surgical removal of 102 sea urchin spines from the foot of a 36-year-old man. The wounds healed completely. Although, he initially complained of a mild discomfort on weight bearing, the symptoms disappeared 2 weeks later.

Cite this paper
M. A. Hafez and A. Mounir Al-Dars, "Surgical Removal of Numerous Foreign Bodies from the Foot Caused by Sea Urchin Spines," Modern Plastic Surgery, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 97-98. doi: 10.4236/mps.2012.24023.
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