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Porta hepatis abscess and portal vein thrombosis following ingestion of a fishbone
  1. Brittany Greene1,
  2. Daniel Jones1,
  3. Josée Sarrazin2 and
  4. Natalie G Coburn3
  1. 1 Division of General Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Medical Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3 Division of General Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Natalie G Coburn, Natalie.Coburn{at}


A man in his late 50s presented to the emergency room with a 1-month history of severe abdominal pain and an endoscopic fishbone retrieval from his rectum. Serial CT scans revealed a fishbone located in the patient’s upper abdomen, which had migrated through the stomach wall, into the periportal space, causing a contained gastric perforation, development of a porta hepatis abscess and secondary portal vein thrombosis. Furthermore, the sharp tip of the fishbone lay 5 mm from the patient’s hepatic artery. He was transferred to a hepatobiliary centre where he underwent urgent exploratory laparotomy, with surgical exploration of the porta, drainage of the abscess and retrieval of the fishbone. Postoperatively, he received further treatment with antibiotics and anticoagulation and recovered without further sequelae.

  • biliary intervention
  • pancreas and biliary tract
  • stomach and duodenum
  • surgery
  • general surgery
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  • Contributors BDG designed and drafted the manuscript. DJ collaborated in design and critical revisions. NGC contributed to the conception of the work and critical revisions. JS was integral to the acquisition and interpretation of data and critical revisions. All authors provided final approval prior to the submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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