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A stitch in time: unrecognized retained foreign bodies after a needlefish injury

Lau, Colleen; Sweet, Mark; Weinstein, Philip


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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Travel Medicine
DOI: 10.1093/jtm/taw092


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