Korean J Spine.  2011 Jun;8(2):118-120. 10.14245/kjs.2011.8.2.118.

Stab Injury of the Thoracic Spine with Remaining Metal Fragment: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. jodc06484@yahoo.co.kr


Spinal stab injury is very rare. We report on a case of a 49-year-old female who was stabbed in the left posterior thoracolumbar area. Image study revealed that the remaining tip of the knife penetrated the spinal canal at the T11 level. After emergency T11 hemilaminectomy, the remaining tip of the knife was removed safely. She was discharged with no other complications; however, mild paresthesia persisted. If the metal fragment remains in the wound, surgery should be considered in order to prevent further delayed complications.


Metal fragment; Spine; Stab injury
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