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A Rare Case of Live Fish in Oropharynx and Its Management

Sanjeev Gupta, Suryakanta Pradhan, Ambika P Dash, Jitendu Mohanty, Anup K Rana

Keywords : Climbing perch, Live fish in oropharynx, Live foreign body, X-ray neck

Citation Information : Gupta S, Pradhan S, Dash AP, Mohanty J, Rana AK. A Rare Case of Live Fish in Oropharynx and Its Management. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2018; 10 (2):73-75.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1296

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Fish bone as foreign body in throat is very common in otorhinolaryngology practice. But a live fish in oropharynx is very rare. Small fishes, if ingested, can cross the oral cavity and migrate to esophagus, nasopharynx, or airway, but large fishes get impacted in the oropharynx. Most of these cases are life-threatening and require immediate intervention to save the patient. Sometimes, tracheostomy is required to establish the airway and to remove the fish. We are reporting a case of live climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) which was successfully removed from the oropharynx of a 30-year-old male without tracheostomy. We will mainly discuss the proper technique to remove live foreign bodies without causing any complications.

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