Intracerebral hemorrhage and death after envenoming by the jellyfish Carukia barnesi

Pereira, Peter, Barry, Jane, Corkeron, Michael, Keir, Pip, Little, Mark, and Seymour, Jamie (2010) Intracerebral hemorrhage and death after envenoming by the jellyfish Carukia barnesi. Clinical Toxicology, 48 (4). pp. 390-392.

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Abstract

Irukandji syndrome is because of envenoming by a number of small jellyfish. It results in a delayed onset of generalized pain,sweating hypertension, and tachycardia. There is no antivenom. Case report. A 44-year-old healthy male was stung while swimming in NE Australia. He rapidly developed Irukandji syndrome. He had a rapid deterioration in conscious level because of an intracerebral hemorrhage. He developed left ventricular failure with an elevated troponin (34 mcg/L, N < 0.4) requiring inotropic support. He progressed to brain death and died on day 13 poststing. Nematocysts recovered from the patient skin were consistent with a large Carukia barnesi. Discussion. This is the first case of a death because of Irukandji syndrome where the jellyfish Carukia barnesi has been demonstrated to the causative creature.

Item ID: 16944
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1556-9519
Keywords: Jellyfish; Irukandji syndrome; Envenoming; Death
Date Deposited: 15 May 2011 04:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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