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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;63(9):e701-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2010.03.058. Epub 2010 Apr 21.

Removal of a tungsten carbide wedding ring with a diamond tipped dental drill.

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Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Heol Maes Eglwys, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6AL, United Kingdom. rupertricks@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Tungsten carbide (WC) is an incredibly hard inorganic compound that has recently become fashionable in the manufacture of men's jewellery, particularly wedding rings. It is a common misconception that these rings are unable to be cut and emergency treatment to remove them necessitates the amputation of the finger trapped within. We present a case of such a ring being successfully removed with the use of a diamond tipped dental drill with restoration of function and preservation of the finger. This is a previously undocumented method of removal of this type of ring in the English language literature.

PMID:
20413358
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjps.2010.03.058
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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