A grisly event in the Kenai Peninsula

Michael Klodnicki, Marisa Earley, Stephen R. Baker, Walter Klodnicki

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We report an unusual manifestation of penetrating facial trauma. It was suffered by a recreational fly fisherman who was hiking away from a casting spot when he fell and was impaled by a section of his graphite flyrod. The circumstances of his injury, its clinical manifestations, and its imaging findings are discussed. Emergency physicians and radiologists should be aware of the computed tomography appearance of impaled foreign bodies and their capability to penetrate deeply to reach critical vascular and neurologic structures. The role of imaging in penetrating trauma to the face and skull base for guiding appropriate intervention is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-425
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • CTA
  • Foreign body
  • Penetrating facial trauma
  • Skull base

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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