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Migrating Fish Bones

A rare complication of fish consumption.

September 24, 2010 |
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Woman walks into an emergency room complaining of a sore throat after eating fish the previous morning. On exam, she has a lump in her neck. So they take a scalpel, slice it open, and what pops out but a fish bone! A migrating fish bone presenting as an acute onset of a neck lump. It went out of her throat next to her voicebox, into her neck, and just barely missed her carotid artery, in which case she would have probably bled to death—but, thankfully, it missed the artery and after 5 days in the hospital and she was all better.

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  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on fish. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellenjaffejones Ellen Jaffe Jones

    Once again, your videos are so informative and amazing. Who woulda thunk?! Thanks of your good work!