The bill of a swordfish may be cut off and made into a type of sword which can be used to attack someone.

The bill sword causes a penetrating wound, often into the thorax or abdomen.


The wound is at increased risk for infection, especially if a fragment of the bill breaks off. The fragment may not be evident on routine X-rays but can be seen on CT scan or MRI.


Other complications:

(1) pneumothorax

(2) pentrating injury of the abdomen

(3) vascular injury with hemorrhage and/or pseudoaneurysm

(4) neurologic deficit


Soft tissue injuries may present months or years after the incident.

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