Background-Fishing involves millions of people throughout the world and is
considered a pleasant and harmless sport. However, many kinds of injury can
occur. Penetrating injuries to the extremities by fishing equipment such a
s hooks and harpoons, and even by scales, or infection from penetration of
scales etc are relatively common although hardly ever reported in the liter
Methods-Illustrative cases of penetrating fishing injuries are presented an
d discussed, with suggestions for the recommended management of these types
Results-Most of these objects are designed to catch and hold resisting fish
, so are usually sharp and narrow in the front and wider in the rear with o
r without spurs. Because of their very irregular shape, simple extraction b
y pulling is not recommended, because further damage may occur.
Conclusions-The use of the appropriate imaging modalities, a full knowledge
of the contours of the object, and careful preplanning of the method of tr
eatment are very important.