Migration of a swallowed needle into the cervical spine: case report

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  • Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Foreign body migration into the cervical spine is rare. Only 3 prior reports of needle migration into the cervical spine exist in the literature. Here, the authors report one such case, where the migrated needle narrowly avoided the thecal sac and vertebral artery. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of a migrated swallowed foreign body in the cervical spine.

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Correspondence Aleksander Michal Vitali: University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. alex.vitali@usask.ca.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online April 3, 2020; DOI: 10.3171/2020.1.PEDS19590.

Disclosures The authors report no conflict of interest concerning the materials or methods used in this study or the findings specified in this paper.

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