Stingray Injury (cont.)
David DuBois, MD, MS, FAAEM, FACEP
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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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
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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.