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Penetrating chest injury from hammer splinter
  1. Iain Young,
  2. Frank Westerduin,
  3. Lynda Fenton
  1. Emergency Department, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Iain Young, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley PA2 9PN, UK; Iain.young{at}

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A 53-year-old man attended the emergency department. He had been hammering a metal bearing during which a splinter from the hammer head broke off and struck him on the chest. The patient did not realise he had been injured until he noticed …

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