Stingray injury

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Background

Mechanism

  • Punctures skin to introduce venom
  • Generally local symptoms without systemic effects

Clinical Features

Symptoms

  • Vary with species
  • Generally local pain
  • Systemic symptoms can include vomiting, hypotension, muscle cramps, paralysis, cardiac arrest


Differential Diagnosis

Marine toxins, envenomations, and bites

Workup

Management

  • Supportive
  • If visible remove spines and stinger
  • Immediately immerse wound in hot water (45°C for 30-90min)
  • Clean area
  • Tetanus prophylaxis

Disposition

See Also

External Links

Sources

  • Atkinson PRT. Is hot water immersion an effective treatment for marine envenomation? Emergency Medicine Journal. 2006;23(7):503–508. doi:10.1136/emj.2005.028456.