Intestinal perforation due to ingestion of fish bone

GEZER N. S., EGELİ T., Ozbilgin M., BARIŞ M. M., SEÇİL M.

CUKUROVA MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.41, pp.1-4, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.17826/cutf.254571
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-4
  • Keywords: Fish bone, imaging, multidetector computed tomography, perforation, FOREIGN-BODIES, GASTROINTESTINAL-TRACT, DIAGNOSIS, CT
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Perforation of the gastrointestinal tract by accidently ingested foreign bodies is rare, occurring in less than 1% of the patients. Fish bones are the most common foreign bodies leading gastrointestinal tract perforation due to their elongated shape end sharp ends. Preoperative diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract perforation by foreign body is challenging since the patients present with a wide and nonspecific spectrum of symptoms and usually don't recall ingestion of the foreign body. It should always be kept in mind in cases with acute abdominal complaint. Herein, we present multidetector computed tomography findings of a case with bowel perforation due to fish bone. Thus, computed tomography scan revealed the foreign body with perforated intestinal segment, led prompt diagnosis and optimal surgical treatment even in a patient with no preoperative history of foreign body ingestion.