Stingray injury

Background

Common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca)
A stingray's stinger (ruler in cm)

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

  • Consider x-ray for retained foreign body (stinger)

Management

Disposition

  • Home

See Also

External Links

Sources

  1. 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.