Migrating pharyngeal foreign bodies: A series of four cases of saw-toothed fish bones

Sung Min Chung, Han Su Kim, Eun Hee Park

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Abstract

Pharyngeal foreign bodies are common problems seen at emergency rooms or ENT outpatient clinics, and fish bones are the most common foreign bodies encountered in East Asia and in Korea. One of the rare complications of a swallowed sharp fish bone is its migration from the site of entry into the subcutaneous tissues of the neck. We present four unusual cases of ingested fish bones that migrated out of the upper digestive tract to the neck. In the first case, this caused a recurrent deep neck infection for 2 years; in the second case, there was penetration of the facial artery; in the third case, there was a hematoma of the floor of the mouth; in the fourth case, there was a retropharyngeal abscess.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1125-1129
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Volume265
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Foreign-body migration
  • Neck
  • Pharynx

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