A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish

Chuan-Chien Yang, Chin-Ming Huang, Li-Hua Lu, Wai Mau Choi, Shin-Han Tsai, Wen-Ta Chiu, Hung-Chang Liu

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Abstract

Needlefish are characterized with their rigid, elongated jaws. They are frequently attracted by light at night and may inflict a wound by plunging their sharp beaks into anyone in their path. Therefore, the penetrating injury should be managed as a stab injury, and treatment is determined primarily by the location of the injury. We report on an unusual case of penetrating tracheal injury caused by a needlefish. This diving lobsterman was struck by a needlefish on his anterior neck and presented with extensive subcutaneous crepitus and hemoptysis on arrival at the emergency room. We successfully treated the patient with selective nonoperative management after a thorough physical examination and ancillary evaluation.
Translated title of the contribution針魚刺穿頸部氣管
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-74
Number of pages5
Journal中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • 氣管穿刺傷
  • 針魚
  • penetrating tracheal injury
  • needlefish

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