Ho Chi Minh City doctors save elder with bladder abscess caused by fish bone

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors save elder with bladder abscess caused by fish bone

A fish-bone-like foreign body is removed from the bladder of a 60-year-old patient at Gia Dinh People’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

Doctors at Gia Dinh People’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District successfully removed a fish bone that had formed a life-threatening abscess in a 60-year-old patient’s bladder.

N.T.H., a 60-year-old resident of Binh Thanh District, went to the urology clinic of Gia Dinh People’s Hospital on March 4 for examination over his painful urination, mild fever and dull pain in the lower right abdomen.

His ultrasound result later showed an inflammatory tumor on the right side of his bladder and increased white blood cell count.

H. was then asked to undergo a CT scan, the result of which showed that there was a thin foreign body about 3.5 centimeters long next to the bladder.

The foreign body had formed an abscess.

The patient was hospitalized on March 15 and prescribed with antibiotics.

After failing to detect any abnormality in the lining of the bladder lumen with a cystoscopy, doctors continued to consult with specialists in gastroenterology on H.’s case on the next day.

As H.’s abdominal pain increased and he showed signs of infection, doctors in gastroenterology and urology carried out an emergency surgery in the afternoon of the same day.

During the surgery, the surgeons discovered a hard mass in the anterior wall of the bladder.

The mass caused no digestive damage.

The doctors decided to cut a part of the bladder attached to the abscess.

The foreign body removed from the abscess was a fish bone-like object.

Doctors determined that there was a possibility that a fish bone had moved from the digestive tract into the bladder, leading to the formation of the abscess.

Currently, H. is in stable health and suffers no sequelae from the abscess surgery.

He is expected to be discharged from the hospital in the next few days.

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