An Impacted Live Fish in the Oropharynx of an 8-year old Child

Authors

  • Soraya N. Joson Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery East Avenue Medical Center
  • Natividad A. Almazan Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery East Avenue Medical Center
  • Melanie Grace Y. Cruz Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery East Avenue Medical Center

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32412/pjohns.v32i1.187

Keywords:

Foreign body, endoscopy, foreign body ingestion, impaction, oropharynx

Abstract

Objective: To present an atypical case of a live fish lodged in the throat of a pediatric patient and discuss its management.

Methods:

Study Design:            Case Report   

Setting:                       Tertiary Government Hospital

Subject:                      One

 

Results: An 8-year-old girl swallowed a live fish when she accidentally fell in a body of water. Failed attempts to remove the live fish prompted consult in the emergency room of our hospital, where removal of the foreign body was successfully done using Mixter right angle forceps assisted with a gloved finger. Transient cyanosis and unresponsiveness during extraction was overcome with oxygen by mask, and she regained consciousness. She was allowed to go home as no other untoward events or complications were observed.  

Conclusion:  All ingested foreign bodies, particularly in children, require immediate attention. The survival of patients with upper aerodigestive and airway foreign bodies depends on early recognition and prompt multidisciplinary management.

Keywords: Foreign body, endoscopy, foreign body ingestion, impaction, oropharynx

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Published

2017-06-29

How to Cite

1.
Joson SN, Almazan NA, Cruz MGY. An Impacted Live Fish in the Oropharynx of an 8-year old Child. Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg [Internet]. 2017 Jun. 29 [cited 2022 May 27];32(1):44-6. Available from: https://pjohns.pso-hns.org/index.php/pjohns/article/view/187