Catfish spine envenomation: A case report and literature review

Andra L. Blomkalns, Edward J. Otten

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Catfish spine envenomations are common injuries, reported in both freshwater and saltwater. Such injuries are complex puncture wounds, often complicated by severe infection. Signs and symptoms range from simple local pain and bleeding to systemic manifestations with hemodynamic compromise. Care and treatment involve aggressive pain management, judicious wound cleansing, prophylactic antibiotics, and close follow-up. A case of catfish spine envenomation from a freshwater catfish is presented here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999



  • Aridae
  • Catfish
  • Envenomation
  • Freshwater
  • Ictaluridae
  • Saltwater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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