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Not liver cancer, but fish bone instead

A WOMAN’S liver cancer diagnosis instead turned out to have been a fish bone that sliced through her stomach lining and lodged in her liver some 18 months ago, reported.

The 49-year-old woman who worked in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong Province began to have stomach pains in January. She went to a hospital for a medical check when she returned to her hometown, Wanzhou in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, during the Spring Festival.

Though initially diagnosed with cancer, doctors determined otherwise, and she had laparoscopic surgery to remove a fish bone of 2.3 centimeters from her liver. It caused inflammation of the liver after the movement of the stomach forced it through the stomach lining and into the liver.

Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive surgery using a small incision and usually a probe with a tiny video camera or fiber optic cable attached.

The woman is recovering and has been discharged from the hospital.



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