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Dermoscopic utility in foreign body recognition and it’s removal
How to cite this article: Ankad BS, Hurakadli SS. Dermoscopic utility in foreign body recognition and it’s removal. CosmoDerma 2023;3:91.
A 48-year-old male presented with pain over base of the left great toe while walking for 2 months. There was history of walking barefoot outside his newly built home. Examination revealed a deep-seated tiny ulcer [Figure 1a]. Dermoscopy with DermLite Foto Pro II with ×10 magnification showed intracutaneous red area and black structure [Figure 1b]. Possibility of a foreign body was thought. Grating sound was felt after inserting a needle. It was removed with a forceps. Repeat clinical and dermoscopy was done to check for any remnants [Figure 2a and b]. It was completely removed and identified as a broken glass piece [Figure 2b, inset]. This report highlights the importance of dermoscopy in identifying the structure, and distinguishing it from common conditions such as plantar warts or hematoma. Thus, it is utilized in the better management of the condition.
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