Thirty cases of Irukandji envenomation from far north Queensland

Mulcahy, Richard, and Little, Mark (1997) Thirty cases of Irukandji envenomation from far north Queensland. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 9 (4). pp. 297-299.

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The Irukandji jelly fish (Carukin ban1esi) is responsible for a significant number of envenomations in northern Australia during the summer. Emergency physicians in these coastal areas frequently manage patients who have been envenomed by this potentially serious marine creature. The jelly fish is small (its bell is u p to 2.Scrn across) but the tentacles may be up to half a metre m length. It is rarely seen before envenomating. The sting usually initially causes localised pain followed by systemic symptoms known as the 'Irukandji syndrome', which include potentially life threatening pulmonary oedema. This article discusses Irukandji envenomation and its treatment, and reviews our experience in treating 30 patients who presented to the Emergency Department of Cairns Base Hospital in December of 1996 having been stung by the Irukandji. Of these cases, 27 (90%) patients developed systemic symptoms (the Irukandji syndrome) and 19 (63cYo) required admission. Twelve (-l0%) patients required more than 1OOmg of titrated, intravenous pethidine to relieve the pain . There were no cases of pulmonary oedema . All patients were discharged home within 2-l hours.

Item ID: 39473
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-6723
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 04:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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