Fish Bone-Induced Pancreatitis

Cureus. 2022 Jun 22;14(6):e26191. doi: 10.7759/cureus.26191. eCollection 2022 Jun.


Fish bone-induced pancreatitis is an uncommon cause of pancreatitis, with only a few reported cases in the literature. The patients with the highest risk for fish bone-induced pancreatitis include those from cultures where unfilleted fish is a culinary delicacy. The etiology of foreign body-induced pancreatitis is very common, secondary to inflammation of the duodenal papilla or bile duct obstruction. CT imaging is key for visualization of the fish bone, as radiography rarely detects fish bones. Complications of fish bone-induced pancreatitis include thrombosis of the superior mesenteric vein, bacteremia (with Peptostreptococcus), pancreatic granuloma, and gastrointestinal perforation. Management of fish bone-induced pancreatitis includes either endoscopic resection or exploratory laparotomy, followed by supportive care until pancreatitis resolves. Here, we present a case of pancreatitis secondary to accidental fish bone ingestion, identified during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and managed by bone removal and supportive care.

Keywords: fish bone induced pancreatitis; foreign body pancreatitis; foreign body retrieval; pancreatitis; upper endoscopy.

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