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Stingray Injury (cont.)

Outlook

With early medical care, serious symptoms and pain can be relieved. Follow-up is required to check for additional complications. The wound will probably require more than one visit to treat depending on how severe it is.

Referral for reevaluation or to perform a delayed repair may be advised for the following reasons:

  • Wounds are often slow to heal.
  • Pieces of the spine’s integument (coating) may remain in the wound.
  • Additional tissue damage can happen from tissue break down.
  • Delayed infections can occur.
  • Patience, time, and proper medical care help limit the damage from this injury.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/26/2014
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