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Retained haemodialysis—catheter guidewire in the head and neck: a multidisciplinary team approach
  1. Chow Xiao Hong1,2,
  2. Syafazaima Abd Wahab2 and
  3. Mawaddah Azman1
  1. 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Fakulti Perubatan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chow Xiao Hong; nicole11_ch{at}


Penetrating foreign body in the head and neck can be catastrophic from injury to the constellation of vascular and neural structures in the neck. Early recognition and prompt surgical intervention is imperative to save lives. Herein, we present an unusual case of iatrogenic foreign body—a coiled guidewire embedded in the deep neck space. The complications, radiological investigation and multidisciplinary surgical management are further discussed.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • healthcare improvement and patient safety

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  • Contributors CXH was involved in drafting, literature search, write up, preparing and finalising the manuscript. SAW and MA were involved in literature search and finalisation of the manuscript. All the authors revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.