Dangers of chicken bones

Two new case reports focus on adverse events linked to swallowing chicken bones. chicken-bone

Perforation of Meckel’s diverticulum caused by a chicken bone: a case report” published in JMCR this week reports a 17-year-old man presenting with lower abdominal pain two weeks after an episode of rectal bleeding. Appendicitis was suspected. A diagnostic laparoscopy identified a normal appendix but an inflammatory mass that was diagnosed as a perforated Meckel’s diverticulum.

Acute abdoment caused by ingested chicken wishbone: a case report” published in Cases Journal reports the case of a 50-year-old man presenting with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. A mechanical obstruction was identified by radiography and ultrasound of the abdomen. Laparotomy revealed a sharp piece of chicken bone perforating the ileum. The patient later admitted that four days earlier he had rapidly eaten several mouthfuls of chicken meat without chewing, and ingested a chicken bone.

The authors sum up “Overeating, rapid eating, or a voracious appetite may be contributing factors for ingesting chicken bones” – readers beware!


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