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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

versión impresa ISSN 1699-695X


MARTINEZ RAMIREZ, Miriam; VILLENA ZALVEZ, María Emilia; MARIN JARA, Inmaculada  y  MONEDERO LA ORDEN, Josefina. Bite for Portuguese Caravel, a "jellyfish" something special. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.2, pp.143-145. ISSN 1699-695X.

The Portuguese caravel (Physalia physalis) is hidrozoo that erroneously is associated with the family of medusas. Its puncture can cause intense pain, respiratory problems and even a shutdown cardiac. The neurotoxin, secreted by its tentacles, has a high toxicity. The Portuguese caravel lives in tropical waters; however, due to overfishing and climate change, this cnidarian is sighted with increasing frequency in the Cantabrian coast and the Mediterranean. The approach of this species in sea beaches, major injuries can cause immediate and long term and the fact that their bite can be cause for consultation even several days after; for this reason, knowledge of this species is interesting for professionals who working in coastal areas such as those engaged in inland areas. In this report, we present the case of a 47 year old woman with characteristic lesions of the bite, as well as a briefly describe the diagnosis and treatment.

Palabras clave : Cnidarian Venoms; Bites and Stings; Hydrozoa; Physalia Physalis.

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