Hong Kong Med J 2009;15:471-3 | Number 6, December 2009
Stonefish envenomation with acute carpal tunnel syndrome
Samuel KK Ling, SC Cheng, CH Yen
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Kwong Wah Hospital, 25 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Stonefish envenomation is a common marine sting. Although stonefish injuries are commonly sustained during maritime activities, this local delicacy can also be considered a regional occupational hazard for chefs. The availability and consumption of stonefish in local restaurants has increased the risk of acute carpal tunnel syndrome after a stonefish injury. This case report describes acute carpal tunnel syndrome following stonefish envenomation. An excellent recovery was achieved after surgical decompression of the carpal tunnel syndrome. Standard management of stonefish injuries should therefore take into account the possibility that this orthopaedic emergency may complicate the injury.
Key words: Bites and stings; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Fishes, poisonous; Neurotoxins
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