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Clinical effects of stings by sponges of the genus Tedania and a review of sponge stings worldwide

Isbister, GK and Hooper, JNA (2005). Clinical effects of stings by sponges of the genus Tedania and a review of sponge stings worldwide. Toxicon,46(7):782-785.

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Title Clinical effects of stings by sponges of the genus Tedania and a review of sponge stings worldwide
Author Isbister, GK
Hooper, JNA
Journal Name Toxicon
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 46
Issue Number 7
ISSN 0041-0101   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 782
End Page 785
Publisher Elsevier
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Contact with sponges (Phylum Porifera) usually results in minimal effects or abrasions, except for species that produce crinitoxins and can cause irritation and dermatitis. There are few reports of sponge stings, mainly in divers or collectors. We report a group of sponge stings from handling flame red/orange sponges on the beach, confirmed to be Tedania anhelans in five cases. All seven patients suffered immediate effects ranging from mild to severe pain, and local inflammation. A 38-year-old female and three children had delayed skin involvement including itchiness, pain, swelling and redness. Blistering and desquamation occurred in the female adult and limited desquamation in one child. Similar delayed effects have been reported in Tedania spp. stings previously. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords sponge sting
dermatitis
envenoming
marine
tedania
neofibularia-mordens
dermatitis
irritation
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxicon.2005.08.009   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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