Stingray Injury (cont.)
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Stingray spine. It is clear why these can cause either a
puncture wound or a slashing laceration. The size of the spine depends on the
size and type of the stingray. Toothpick to pencil size is typical. Photo courtesy of Cecil Berry
David DuBois, MD, MS, FAAEM, FACEP
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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Stingrays (ie, elasmobranchs) are bottom-dwelling cartilaginous fish that have a flattened body, one or more stout spines on the tail, gill slits on the lower surface of the head, teeth modified into 2 large crushing plates, and no dorsal fin.