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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.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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.

OBJECTIVE:

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.

CASE REPORTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
23478177
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