Fish bone ingestion

Case contributed by Mohammad Osama Hussein Yonso


History of throat pain after taking fish this afternoon with foreign body sensation. No active bleeding or breathing difficulty.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

X-ray, lateral view of the neck, shows a linear dense shadow in front of the C6 referring to an ingested foreign body (fishbone).

Annotated zooned view


The white arrow indicates the location of fish bone opposite C6 vertebral body.

Case Discussion

The ingestion of fish bones is more common than other types of bones (e.g. chicken, pork). They usually pass without complication. 

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