Ingested foreign body - fish bone

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Foreign body?

Patient Data

Age: Child

The first x-ray demonstrates a linear opacity, consistent with a fish bone, that projects anterior to C4 in the prevertebral soft tissues. 


This second x-ray from a few hours later demonstrates an increase in prevertebral tissue thickening. 

Annotated image

Yellow arrow indicates location of fish bone. 

Case Discussion

Two images taken a few hours apart of a child who swallowed a fish bone. Note the increasing soft tissue swelling.

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Case information

rID: 6259
Published: 19th May 2009
Last edited: 19th Dec 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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