CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2011; 21(01): 63-68
DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.76061

Pictorial essay: Complications of a swallowed fish bone

Girish Bathla
Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital 5, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore
Lynette LS Teo
Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital 5, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore
Sunita Dhanda
Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital 5, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore
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Unintentional ingestion of a fishbone (FB) is common, especially in populations with a high consumption of seafood. In most instances, the ingested FB passes uneventfully through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, usually within a week. However, in certain cases, the FB may become impacted and lead to complications. Awareness of these complications is important as patients usually present with nonspecific symptoms and could be unaware of having ingested an FB.

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31 July 2021

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