Self-embedding trend in teens

US paediatricians have shed light on an extreme form of self-injury in which young people, typically female, insert objects such as paperclips or glass into soft tissue.

Until now no case series data on self-embedding has been described in the medical literature, they said.

Reviewing a database of 600 patients presenting with foreign bodies, they found 11 individuals aged 14–18 years who had self-embedded multiple objects.

Two patients needed to have foreign bodies removed on five occasions from the neck or arm without image guidance and the remaining nine patients had 70 foreign bodies percutaneously