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.
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

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Beloniformes
Wounds and Injuries
Beak
Diving
Hemoptysis
Jaw
Physical Examination
Hospital Emergency Service
Neck
Light

Keywords

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

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Yang, C-C., Huang, C-M., Lu, L-H., Choi, W. M., Tsai, S-H., Chiu, W-T., & Liu, H-C. (2004). A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish. 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌, 15(2), 70-74.

A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish. / Yang, Chuan-Chien ; Huang, Chin-Ming ; Lu, Li-Hua ; Choi, Wai Mau; Tsai, Shin-Han; Chiu, Wen-Ta; Liu, Hung-Chang .

In: 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2004, p. 70-74.

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Yang, C-C, Huang, C-M, Lu, L-H, Choi, WM, Tsai, S-H, Chiu, W-T & Liu, H-C 2004, 'A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish', 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 70-74.
Yang C-C, Huang C-M, Lu L-H, Choi WM, Tsai S-H, Chiu W-T et al. A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish. 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌. 2004;15(2):70-74.
Yang, Chuan-Chien ; Huang, Chin-Ming ; Lu, Li-Hua ; Choi, Wai Mau ; Tsai, Shin-Han ; Chiu, Wen-Ta ; Liu, Hung-Chang . / A Penetrating Tracheal Injury Caused by a Needlefish. In: 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌. 2004 ; Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 70-74.
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