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How to remove fish bone stuck in throat?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Question: Hi,

Since past 3 days, a fish bone has stuck in my throat towards my left tonsil. I occasionally feel tremendous pain in swallowing and eating. Also since yesterday, have a tinging pain towards my left ear and tonsil. I have tried all natural remedies of swallowing semi-solid rice, banana, etc. but to no help. I feel the bone is quite small, hence has got badly stuck in my throat.
1. Would want to know if there are any easy means of removing the bone ?
2. What if it can never be removed and stays back in my throat, can it cause internal damage to my throat tissues ?

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XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
foreign body throat.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.

Fish bone in the throat is a painful condition. However I would first like to know whether or not the bone is truly stuck there. A physical examination with or without X-ray of neck / CT scan will help us detect it.

If its present, then there is no easy way to remove it. It has to be removed by a specialist either by naked eyes or by using scope.

Yes , fish bone in throat can't be neglected. It has to be removed. If it stats back then it can cause infection and sepsis.

90% fish bones are easily visible to naked eyes and can be easily removed.
If seen I will remove it per orally, not seen will do laryngoscopic examination and see it.
If still not seen, would recommend for an X ray neck or ct scan to detect if present.
If detected and present very much inside the throat then under anaesthesia I would remove it.
There is no Emperical treatment for this.

Please consult with your doctor and get tested. Do not neglect... earlier the better.

Hope my answers have helped you.

Thanks

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How to remove fish bone stuck in throat?

Brief Answer: foreign body throat. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for your query. Fish bone in the throat is a painful condition. However I would first like to know whether or not the bone is truly stuck there. A physical examination with or without X-ray of neck / CT scan will help us detect it. If its present, then there is no easy way to remove it. It has to be removed by a specialist either by naked eyes or by using scope. Yes , fish bone in throat can't be neglected. It has to be removed. If it stats back then it can cause infection and sepsis. 90% fish bones are easily visible to naked eyes and can be easily removed. If seen I will remove it per orally, not seen will do laryngoscopic examination and see it. If still not seen, would recommend for an X ray neck or ct scan to detect if present. If detected and present very much inside the throat then under anaesthesia I would remove it. There is no Emperical treatment for this. Please consult with your doctor and get tested. Do not neglect... earlier the better. Hope my answers have helped you. Thanks