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Starfish and Crown of Thorns Puncture Wounds (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications.

Starfish and Crown of Thorns Pictures

Unlike most starfish that are typically pentamerous, the crown of thorns starfish may have as many as 23 arms and a body disk of up to 60 cm in diameter. Photo courtesy of Dee Scarr.
Unlike most starfish that are typically pentamerous, the crown of thorns starfish may have as many as 23 arms and a body disk of up to 60 cm in diameter. Photo courtesy of Dee Scarr. Click to view larger image.

Detail of the crown of thorns starfish spines, which may grow to 6 cm in length. Photo courtesy of Dee Scarr.
Detail of the crown of thorns starfish spines, which may grow to 6 cm in length. Photo courtesy of Dee Scarr. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Echinoderm Envenomation Clinical Presentation.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2015
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