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Return of the Killer Fish: Accidental Choking Death on a Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Deidiker, Russell M.D.

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2002 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 197-198
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An unusual case of choking is presented. In this case, a 45-year-old man, while fishing and drinking with friends, attempted to swallow a whole fish. He subsequently asphyxiated as a result of upper airway obstruction.

From the Department of Pathology, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, Farmington, Missouri, U.S.A.

Manuscript received August 28, 2001; accepted January 7, 2002.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Russell Deidiker, M.D., Department of Pathology, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, 1212 Weber Road, Farmington, MO 63640, U.S.A.; e-mail: pathdoc@hotmail.com

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.