European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 265, Issue 9, pp 1125–1129 | Cite as

Migrating pharyngeal foreign bodies: a series of four cases of saw-toothed fish bones

  • Sung Min Chung
  • Han Su Kim
  • Eun Hee Park
Case Report


Pharyngeal foreign bodies are common problems seen at emergency rooms or ENT outpatient clinics, and fish bones are the most common foreign bodies encountered in East Asia and in Korea. One of the rare complications of a swallowed sharp fish bone is its migration from the site of entry into the subcutaneous tissues of the neck. We present four unusual cases of ingested fish bones that migrated out of the upper digestive tract to the neck. In the first case, this caused a recurrent deep neck infection for 2 years; in the second case, there was penetration of the facial artery; in the third case, there was a hematoma of the floor of the mouth; in the fourth case, there was a retropharyngeal abscess.


Foreign-body migration Pharynx Neck 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyEwha Womans University School of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.SeoulSeoulSouth Korea

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