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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 8164524, 2 pages
Case Report

Removal of a Tungsten Carbide Ring from the Finger of a Pregnant Patient: A Case Report Involving 2 Emergency Departments and the Internet

1Department of Surgery, Spital Zweisimmen, Spital STS AG, Karl Haueter-Strasse 21, 3770 Zweisimmen, Switzerland
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse, 3010 Bern, Switzerland

Received 14 January 2016; Accepted 21 February 2016

Academic Editor: Ozkan Kose

Copyright © 2016 Alexandre Moser et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Destructive or nondestructive procedures may be used to remove rings from injured fingers. Because of their hardness, tungsten carbide rings present special problems. Case Presentation. The patient was a 33-year-old woman, two weeks before delivery, with a swollen and reddened ring finger. It was decided to remove a tungsten carbide ring from her ring finger. This was achieved by shattering the ring with locking pliers. The patient’s ring finger recovered fully.