Eeek! My child has a cactus needle in her hand!

My wife’s recent trip to Phoenix prompted this post.  When I was practicing in Las Vegas and even during my residency training in Los Angeles we routinely took care of kids (and adults) with cactus thorns in various limbs.

 

I must admit that practicing in the Upper East Side of Manhattan has greatly reduced these visits, but we do still occasionally see patients with prickly thorns in hard to reach places.