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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
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STANDER, N  and  KIRBERGER, R M. Diagnostic imaging of migrating kebab (sosatie) sticks: a review of 8 cases. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2011, vol.82, n.3, pp.160-165. ISSN 2224-9435.

Complications related to extraluminal migration of ingested kebab (sosatie) sticks are infrequently diagnosed in small animals. A total of 8 cases diagnosed with extragastric migration of ingested kebab sticks were retrospectively evaluated. No significant breed or sex predilection was found but there was a tendency for animals to present at a younger age (less than 3 years). Clinical signs (of variable duration) were non-specific and included haemoptysis, abdominal pain, regurgitation, subcutaneous abscessation and chronic draining sinus tracts, making a clinical diagnosis difficult. Ultrasonography proved invaluable in facilitating the diagnosis of kebab stick migration in 6 of the cases and computed tomography unexpectedly identified a kebab stick that had migrated into the thorax in 1 patient. Survey radiography was generally found to be insensitive in identifying the kebab sticks. The aim of this article is to alert veterinarians to a clinical syndrome that may not be considered a differential diagnosis in patients with non-specific inflammatory disease of the thorax, abdomen or pelvic regions and to illustrate the usefulness of the various diagnostic imaging modalities in facilitating a diagnosis of kebab stick ingestion and its possible secondary complications.

Keywords : computed tomography; diagnostic ultrasound; kebab stick; linear foreign body; radiography; sosatie stick; wood.

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