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Surfer wipe out by predator fish
  1. G M M J Kerkhoffs1,2,
  2. J W op den Akker2,
  3. E R Hammacher2
  1. 1Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  2. 2Department of General Surgery, Sint Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Kerkhoffs
 Academic Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam 1100 DD, the Netherlands;


Needlefish injuries, commonly reported in the Indo-Pacific region, have not been previously reported along the European coastlines. This case report describes a penetrating injury to the heel of a professional surfer during competition off the Portuguese coast. Diagnostic as well as therapeutic recommendations are made.

  • foot
  • marine injuries
  • needlefish
  • injuries
  • surfing

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