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Woman's neck pierced by fish bone stuck in her throat for 3 weeks

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- A woman in Kaohsiung found a fish bone piercing out through the left side of her neck after being stuck in her throat for three weeks, marking the first case of its kind in the world, according to the Chung Ho Memorial Hospital in the southern city.

Doctor Cheng Chia-yuan of the hospital easily pulled out the 3-centimeter fish bone with a pair of pincers after finding the fish bone while miraculously sidestepping key blood vessels and nerves in the wake of an emergency examination. Cheng said that such a special medical case, the first seen in the world, will be published in an issue of the American Journal Otolaryngology.

The case dated back to three weeks ago, when the woman, aged 50, ate a gold carp and one of its bones stuck in her throat. The woman then tried to make the fish bone go down into her stomach by swallowing a lot of rice, but in vain.

The next day, the woman went to a clinic for examination, but the clinic failed to find anything in her throat as the fish bone had been squeezed further into the neck.

Three weeks later, the woman felt a pointed object on the left side of her neck, which could be slightly visible outside the neck. After receiving a computer scan at the Chung Ho Memorial Hospital, Doctor Cheng found the fish bone didn't pierce any blood vessels or nerves in the neck, and therefore easily took out the bone with a pair of pincers.

Cheng said it is wrong for people to swallow rice or drink vinegar to force down fish bones stuck in their throat. The best way to resolve this situation is to receive medical treatment.

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