Difference between revisions of "Sea wasp sting"

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== Background ==
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==Background==
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*''Chironex fleckeri'', commonly known as sea wasp
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*Large form of box jellyfish, found mostly off the coast of northern Australia to the Philippines
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*Extremely deadly, often considered one of the most poisonous jellyfish
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*Identification: Often difficult to distinguish in environment, as animal is transparent. Pale blue bell, often the size of a basketball, with 15 tentacles emerging from lower corners up to 3 meters in length. Has been described as having an eerie similarity to a human skull
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*Tentacles contain millions of stinging cells known as cnidocytes
  
''Chironex fleckeri'', commonly known as sea wasp
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==Clinical Features==
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*Sting is extremely painful, described as burning, and can cause death as quickly as 3-5 minutes
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*Most stings are mild and are self-limiting
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*Deaths most commonly occur in children
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*Venom causes cells to become leaky, causing hyperkalemia
  
Large form of box jellyfish, found mostly off the coast of northern Australia to the Philippines
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==Differential Diagnosis==
  
Extremely deadly, often considered one of the most poisonous jellyfish
 
  
Identification: Often difficult to distinguish in environment, as animal is transparent. Pale blue bell, often the size of a basketball, with 15 tentacles emerging from lower corners up to 3 meters in length. Has been described as having an eerie similarity to a human skull
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==Evaluation==
  
Tentacles contain millions of stinging cells known as cnidocytes
 
  
== Clinical Presentation ==
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==Management==
  
Sting is extremely painful, described as burning, and can cause death as quickly as 3-5 minutes
 
  
Most stings are mild and are self-limiting
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==Disposition==
  
Deaths most commonly occur in children
 
  
Venom causes cells to become leaky, causing hyperkalemia
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==See Also==
  
== Management ==
 
  
See Box Jellyfish - Management https://wikem.org/wiki/Box_jellyfish
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==References==
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== References ==
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[[Category:Environmental]]
 
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[[Category:Toxicology]]
Fenner, P. J. (2000). Chironex fleckeri – the north Australian box-jellyfish. marine-medic.com
 
 
 
Fenner PJ, Williamson JA (1996). "Worldwide deaths and severe envenomation from jellyfish stings". The Medical Journal of Australia. 165(11–12): 658–61.
 
 
 
http://animals.howstuffworks.com/marine-life/jellyfish-venom2.htm
 
 
 
http://oceana.org/marine-life/corals-and-other-invertebrates/sea-wasp
 
 
 
--[[User:Jtheriot|Jonathan KDMC Theriot]] ([[User talk:Jtheriot|talk]]) 02:32, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
 

Revision as of 04:47, 8 August 2017

Background

  • Chironex fleckeri, commonly known as sea wasp
  • Large form of box jellyfish, found mostly off the coast of northern Australia to the Philippines
  • Extremely deadly, often considered one of the most poisonous jellyfish
  • Identification: Often difficult to distinguish in environment, as animal is transparent. Pale blue bell, often the size of a basketball, with 15 tentacles emerging from lower corners up to 3 meters in length. Has been described as having an eerie similarity to a human skull
  • Tentacles contain millions of stinging cells known as cnidocytes

Clinical Features

  • Sting is extremely painful, described as burning, and can cause death as quickly as 3-5 minutes
  • Most stings are mild and are self-limiting
  • Deaths most commonly occur in children
  • Venom causes cells to become leaky, causing hyperkalemia

Differential Diagnosis

Evaluation

Management

Disposition

See Also

References