Treatment of sea urchin injuries

J Spec Oper Med. 2014 Summer;14(2):56-59. doi: 10.55460/M5U1-2Y40.


Sea urchin injuries can be sustained in a variety of environments in which U.S. Forces are operating, and familiarity with this uncommon injury can be useful. Injuries by sea urchin spines can occur during military activities close to rocky salt aquatic ecosystems via three mechanisms. The author describes these mechanisms and discusses the diagnosis, management, and treatment of sea urchin injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Back Injuries / diagnosis
  • Back Injuries / therapy
  • Bites and Stings / diagnosis
  • Bites and Stings / therapy*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Marine Toxins
  • Military Personnel*
  • Sea Urchins*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wound Infection / drug therapy*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Penetrating / therapy*
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Marine Toxins