Foreign body in red tailed catfish

This young catfish had swallowed objects in the past but regurgitated them. This time it was unable to do so and had been off its food for a few days. A small ulcer had developed near the left pelvic fin and a darkening of the skin was noted at areas where the foreign body caused an internal pressure effect. An X-ray revealed a plastic foreign body in its belly, which was gently removed under anaesthesia. The fish made a rapid recovery over the next few days and is still alive after 12years.

Catfish foreign body 1
Catfish foreign body 1

Red tailed catfish with bulge on belly with local skin pigmentation (horizontal arrow) and small ulcer near left pelvic fin (vertical arrow)

Catfish foreign body 2
Catfish foreign body 2

Lateral view X-ray reveals plastic foreign body (thought to be a tank heater fitting) in the belly

Catfish foreign body 6
Catfish foreign body 6

Red tailed catfish commonly swallow non-food items in their tank

Catfish foreign body 1
Catfish foreign body 1

Red tailed catfish with bulge on belly with local skin pigmentation (horizontal arrow) and small ulcer near left pelvic fin (vertical arrow)

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