Journal article

A sting from an unknown jellyfish species associated with persistent symptoms and raised troponin I levels.

David McD Taylor, Peter Pereira, Jamie Seymour, Kenneth D Winkel

Emerg Med (Fremantle) | Published : 2002


We describe a patient stung by an unknown jellyfish species offshore in Far North Queensland. The sting caused immediate and severe pain, multiple whip-like skin lesions and constitutional symptoms. The jellyfish tentacular nematocysyts were similar to, but distinct from, those of Carukia barnesi, a cause of the 'Irukandji' syndrome. The patients symptoms largely resolved over seven months and were associated with elevated cardiac troponin levels, in the absence of other evidence of cardiac disease. This case highlights the envenomation risks associated with marine recreation, and the need for critical evaluation of cardiac troponin assays and for further research in marine toxicology.