Published: 2020-02-26

Retained iatrogenic foreign body causing persistent non-healing wound: a case report

Aisha Waquad, Hiren Patel, Mai Gandhi, Guny Gabriel


An 88-year-old female presented with non-healing wound of left hip, found to have iatrogenic foreign body. The patient presented at the age of 88 with complaints of a persistent wound of left hip. She had a previous incision and drainage of an abscess on her left hip and subsequently received negative pressure therapy. She underwent a wound exploration and found to have multiple foreign bodies in the wound. While uncommon, iatrogenic foreign body should be considered as a possible differential diagnosis in patient with non-healing wounds. The literature on iatrogenic foreign body is reviewed. Iatrogenic foreign body is an uncommon pathology but should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients presenting with a non-healing wound. 


Foreign body, Iatrogenic foreign body, Non-healing wound

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