Emergency CT of abdominal complications of ingested fish bones: what not to miss
Emerg Radiol . 2021 Feb;28(1):165-170. doi: 10.1007/s10140-020-01800-6. Epub 2020 Jun 6.
Gabriella Souza E Silva, Natália Borges Nunes Gomes, Eduardo Oliveira Pacheco, Flávio Murilo Ribeiro Bezerra, Rafael Borges Nunes, Humberto Lobato Mcphee, Ulysses S Torres, Giuseppe D'Ippolito
Fish bones are the most commonly ingested structures and the most common cause of foreign body perforation of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Clinical presentation of foreign body GIT perforation is nonspecific, in many cases with clinical signs of acute abdomen, which can mimic appendicitis, diverticulitis, ulcer peptic disease, and other common inflammatory conditions. Besides, patients commonly do not refer that a fish bone was swallowed. Since this condition is usually not suspected by referring physicians of the emergency department (ED), radiologists play a key role in this diagnosis; the spectrum of these imaging features must be known in order to be accurately reported in the ED.
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