Incidental findings of Susuk in Orthopaedic patients.


Sonali PANDE.

Department of Orthopaedic, Jerudong Medical Park Medical Centre, Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam.



The insertion of susuk or charm needles is a practice common in Southeast Asia. It is a form of metallic talisman inserted subcutaneously in different parts of the body. This case report describes three patients (an 85-year-old Chinese man, a 53-year-old Malaysian woman and a 74-year-old Chinese woman) who were evaluated for knee and low back pain and were incidentally to have charm needles on their radiographs. None of these patients complained of any problem related to  these charm needles.


Keywords: Charm needles, susuk, orthopaedic, radiograph


Brunei Int Med J. 2011; 7 (3): 177-180


Correspondence author: Sonali PANDE, Department of Orthopaedic, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), Jeruodng BG3122, Brunei Darussalam. Tel: +673 2611433 ext 2360, Fax: +673 2612461  E mail: