Pedal coral injury: A case report

Ezequiel Palmanovich, Yaron S. Brin, Lior Laver, Binyamin Kish, Meir Nyska

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Abstract

Corals are marine animals that live in compact colonies. They secret calcium carbonate to form a skeletal structure. Coral sting or abrasions usually cause erythema and localized pain with a mild local toxic reaction. We describe a large boney injury in the hallux due to retained coral fragments in a young patient who sustained a mild injury during water sports in the Red Sea. The coral fragment was not removed during the first visit to ER, causing chronic local inflammation and ultimately a large boney injury.Vigorous localized debridement must be performed in all marine injuries to remove all possible fragments that can lead to irreversible local boney injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-52
Number of pages3
JournalFoot
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Coral
  • Local boney injury
  • Outcome studies
  • Trauma
  • Water sport injury

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