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Stingray envenomation in a returning traveller: a complicated disease course
  1. Kathryn Haigh1,
  2. Philip Delbridge2,
  3. Krishna Meda3 and
  4. Rajasekhar Chilamkurthi3
  1. 1 Medicine, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Medicine, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon, UK
  3. 3 Foot and Ankle Department, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philip Delbridge, dellers{at}


We report the case of a returning traveller, a woman in her early 20s, who presents with chronic inflammation and infection of her left foot following a stingray strike. Surgery was performed to remove foreign material a remarkable 9 months after the initial injury. The case highlights the importance of the initial assessment and early management of stingray attacks and illustrates the potential need for exploration and debridement of problematic stingray wounds.

  • trauma
  • poisoning
  • prehospital
  • travel medicine
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery
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  • Contributors KH is the lead author. She conceived the idea for the case report and is indeed the patient that this case report describes. She was responsible for the initial write-up. PD is the corresponding author and took over editing the work including providing much of the discussion and referencing. He also prepared the paper for publication in its final draft form. KM and RC were the operating surgeons involved in this patient’s care. As such, they provided expertise and oversaw the write-up, including approving the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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