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[Ciguatera poisoning in Spanish travellers].
Med Clin (Barc). 2003 May 31; 120(20):777-9.MC

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE

Ciguatera poisoning appears after ingestion of contaminated fish from tropical coral reefs. Due to the diversity of clinical symptoms and the absence of a specific test in humans, the diagnosis is often difficult.

PATIENTS AND METHOD

A retrospective study of 10 patients consulting for a clinical and epidemiological picture compatible with ciguatera poisoning after a trip to tropical countries between 1993 and 2000.

RESULTS

Most infections but one were acquired in the Caribbean area and there were 8 females. Clinical manifestations started within the first 24 hours after fish ingestion. Chief symptoms were diarrhea and nausea, followed by neurological symptoms, mainly limbs paresthesias that persisted for several weeks.

CONCLUSIONS

The severity of clinical symptoms was variable and not related to age or initial symptoms. Ciguatera poisoning has to be considered in the diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis affecting travellers to tropical areas.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Sección de Medicina Tropical. Centro de Salud Internacional. Hospital Clínic. IDIBAPS. Barcelona. España. jgascon@clinic.ub.esNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
English Abstract
Journal Article

Language

spa

PubMed ID

12797931

Citation

Gascón, Joaquim, et al. "[Ciguatera Poisoning in Spanish Travellers]." Medicina Clinica, vol. 120, no. 20, 2003, pp. 777-9.
Gascón J, Macià M, Oliveira I, et al. [Ciguatera poisoning in Spanish travellers]. Med Clin (Barc). 2003;120(20):777-9.
Gascón, J., Macià, M., Oliveira, I., & Corachán, M. (2003). [Ciguatera poisoning in Spanish travellers]. Medicina Clinica, 120(20), 777-9.
Gascón J, et al. [Ciguatera Poisoning in Spanish Travellers]. Med Clin (Barc). 2003 May 31;120(20):777-9. PubMed PMID: 12797931.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Ciguatera poisoning in Spanish travellers]. AU - Gascón,Joaquim, AU - Macià,Maria, AU - Oliveira,Inés, AU - Corachán,Manuel, PY - 2003/6/12/pubmed PY - 2003/9/25/medline PY - 2003/6/12/entrez SP - 777 EP - 9 JF - Medicina clinica JO - Med Clin (Barc) VL - 120 IS - 20 N2 - BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Ciguatera poisoning appears after ingestion of contaminated fish from tropical coral reefs. Due to the diversity of clinical symptoms and the absence of a specific test in humans, the diagnosis is often difficult. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A retrospective study of 10 patients consulting for a clinical and epidemiological picture compatible with ciguatera poisoning after a trip to tropical countries between 1993 and 2000. RESULTS: Most infections but one were acquired in the Caribbean area and there were 8 females. Clinical manifestations started within the first 24 hours after fish ingestion. Chief symptoms were diarrhea and nausea, followed by neurological symptoms, mainly limbs paresthesias that persisted for several weeks. CONCLUSIONS: The severity of clinical symptoms was variable and not related to age or initial symptoms. Ciguatera poisoning has to be considered in the diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis affecting travellers to tropical areas. SN - 0025-7753 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12797931/[Ciguatera_poisoning_in_Spanish_travellers]_ L2 - http://www.elsevier.es/en/linksolver/ft/ivp/0025-7753/120/777 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -