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May 1965

Portuguese Man-of-War Stinging

Author Affiliations


From the University of Miami School of Medicine, Coral Gables, Fla. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology (Dr. Ioannides); Chief Medical Examiner, Dade County and Professor, Department of Medicine (Dr. Davis).

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(5):448-451. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600110034008

The geographic distribution, anatomy, and physiology of Physalia physalis are reviewed. The mechanism of stinging is emphasized as the basis for the formation of characteristic cutaneous lesions and a specific clinical test. Finally, the histopathology of the lesions is presented with illustrations.

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