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World J Clin Cases. Mar 6, 2024; 12(7): 1365-1370
Published online Mar 6, 2024. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v12.i7.1365
Translocation of a fish spike from the pharynx to the thyroid gland: A case report
Deng Li, Wan-Ting Zeng, Jian-Guo Jiang, Ji-Chuan Chen
Deng Li, Wan-Ting Zeng, Jian-Guo Jiang, Ji-Chuan Chen, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Army Medical Center of PLA, Chongqing 400042, China
Co-first authors: Deng Li and Wan-Ting Zeng.
Author contributions: Li D and Zeng WT contributed to manuscript writing and editing and data collection; Jiang JG contributed to the data analysis; Chen JC contributed to conceptualization and supervision; and all the authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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Corresponding author: Ji-Chuan Chen, MD, Doctor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Army Medical Center of PLA, Changjiang Road, Chongqing 400042, China.
Received: December 16, 2023
Peer-review started: December 16, 2023
First decision: January 9, 2024
Revised: January 17, 2024
Accepted: February 3, 2024
Article in press: February 3, 2024
Published online: March 6, 2024
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Core Tip

Core Tip: A fish spike stuck in the throat is a common ear, nose, and throat emergency. However, it is extremely rare for a fish spike to penetrate the thyroid tissue through the throat. This approach can be extremely dangerous and can lead to pharyngeal fistula, cervical abscess, mediastinal abscess, thyroid abscess, and other serious complications. Proper and timely management is crucial for reducing complications, particularly in elderly patients. Comprehensive scientific information must be provided to people to ensure that they seek proper and timely medical attention in a case of fish spike ingestion. PubMed-indexed cases can be analyzed to obtain this information and avoid serious complications.