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Type: Journal article
Title: A stitch in time: unrecognized retained foreign bodies after a needlefish injury
Author: Lau, C.
Sweet, M.
Weinstein, P.
Citation: Journal of Travel Medicine, 2017; 24(2):taw092-1-taw092-3
Publisher: B. C. Decker Publications
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1195-1982
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Colleen L. Lau, Mark Sweet and Philip Weinstein
Abstract: We present a case report of a traveller injured by a needlefish in the Caribbean. The needlefish leapt from the ocean and struck the traveller's face at high speed, causing a seemingly superficial puncture wound on his nose. Later, it became apparent that multiple fish bones had broken off and lodged in his nasal cavity, very narrowly missing his cribriform plate. Some bones were discharged spontaneously through his nose over the next 3 months, and one required surgical removal. Our report highlights the importance of urgent radiological examination in patients injured by needlefish, even if the external wound appears insignificant.
Keywords: Needlefish
marine injury
Rights: © International Society of Travel Medicine, 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1093/jtm/taw092
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