Stingray Injury (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Stingray Injury Symptoms
Patient Comments Read 29 Comments
The stinger, or spine near the base of the tail, is hard and sharp with backward pointing barbs (retroserrations) that can cause a jagged cut. It can be difficult to remove from a wound because of the back-facing barbs. There can be 1-4 spines at the base of the ray’s tail depending on the species.
A skinlike covering, the sheath, over the stinger encloses the venom glands. The spine lies in a groove along the tail. Injury from a stingray can damage a person's muscles or tendons in addition to the cut or puncture wound. Part of the sheath and spine can be left in the wound. The venom is composed of many different substances that cause tissue to break down and die as well as cause severe pain.
The toxins contained in the sheath can cause the following symptoms:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2015
David DuBois, MD, MS, FAAEM, FACEP
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
Must Read Articles Related to Stingray Injury
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Stingray Injury:
Stingray Injury - Symptoms
What symptoms did you experience with your stingray injury?
Stingray Injury - Treatment
What treatment did you receive for your stingray injury?
- How to Diagnosis Appendicitis
- Tips for Preparing for Allergy Emergencies
- When ADHD Meds Have Scary Side Effects
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape
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.