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J Emerg Med. 2013 Jun;44(6):e375-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.11.058. Epub 2013 Mar 9.

Fishhook removal: case reports and a review of the literature.

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  • 1College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.



Fishhook injuries are common among people who fish for recreation, but can be encountered in anyone who has handled a fishhook. They represent a unique challenge for Emergency Physicians who seek to remove them without causing further tissue damage from the barbed nature of the hook.


Our aim was to discuss the techniques available to providers in the removal of a barbed fishhook by illustrating actual cases seen in the Emergency Department.


We present two cases of patients with fishhook injuries. We discuss the proper assessment of these injuries. We describe techniques for removing a barbed hook from a patient's skin and offer images to guide management.


Understanding the unique nature of fishhook injuries and awareness of techniques to manage them are essential to the practicing Emergency Physician.

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