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Hidden Bone in Prevertebral Space

Zheng Hao Loh, Ramiza Ramza Ramli, Zahirruddin Zakaria

Keywords : Case report, Fishbone, Migratory, Prevertebral

Citation Information : Loh ZH, Ramli RR, Zakaria Z. Hidden Bone in Prevertebral Space. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2023; 15 (2):84-86.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1466

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 21-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


A 60-year-old lady presented with pain in the throat and odynophagia post-ingestion of fishbone 5 days ago. A computed tomography scan showed linear opacity resembling a fishbone in the prevertebral space. Direct laryngoscopy and esophagoscope revealed only slough and neck exploration showed fishbone in the prevertebral space. Early removal of the fishbone avoided fatal complications.

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