ciguatera poisoning


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ciguatera poisoning

[sē′gwəter′ə]
Etymology: Sp, cigua, sea snail; L, potio, drink
a nonbacterial food poisoning that results from eating fish contaminated with the ciguatoxin. Many of the over 300 varieties of fish from the Caribbean or South Pacific have been implicated; barracuda is a common source. The toxin is believed to block acetylcholinesterase activity. Characteristics of ciguatera poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, tingling or numbness of extremities and the skin around the mouth, itching, muscle weakness, pain, and respiratory paralysis. Cold liquids feel hot to the surfaces of the mouth and throat. No specific treatment has been developed.
The ciguatera, a coral reef fish, secretes ichthyosarcotoxin—ciguatoxin—produced by the reef dinoflagellate, Gambierdiscus toxicus; it is concentrated and unchanged up the food chain by herbivores and carnivores. CP is the most common marine intoxication in the US; 400 species of fish are implicated—e.g., barracuda, grouper, red snapper, amberjack, surgeonfish, sea bass; unlike scombroid poisoning, it may cause morbidity regardless of the form of preparation
Treatment IV mannitol reverses symptoms

ciguatera poisoning

Nutrition The ciguatera, a coral reef fish that secretes ichthyosarcotoxin–ciguatoxin, a substance produced by the reef dinoflagellate, Gambierdiscus toxicus, and concentrated, unchanged up the food chain by herbivores and carnivores; CP is the most common marine intoxication in the US; 400 spp of fish are implicated–eg, barracuda, grouper, red snapper, amberjack, surgeonfish, sea bass and–unlike scombroid poisoning, may cause morbidity regardless of the form of preparation Clinical Onset 6-12 hrs after ingestion; N&V, cramping, diarrhea, paresthesias, reversal of temperature sense, arthralgias, myalgias, cranial nerve palsies, pruritus with alcohol ingestion, chills, hypotension, bradycardia, respiratory paralysis or death, average duration 8 days Diagnosis RIA, ELISA Treatment IV mannitol reverses Sx. See Fish, Sushi. Cf Scombroid poisoning.

ciguatera poisoning

A kind of poisoning common in the Caribbean and Pacific regions acquired by eating fish containing ciguatoxin. This is thought to originate in an alga Gambierdiscus toxicus . There is numbness of the mouth and throat, pain in the abdomen, muscles and joints, headache, breathlessness and paralysis.
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Treatment of acute ciguatera poisoning has been successful and occasionally dramatic with intravenous mannitol.
Ciguatera poisoning is a matter of public health concern and residents of coastal West Africa and the regional island archipelagos could be a new community at risk for this seafood intoxication syndrome.
Ciguatera poisoning starts out on the reef, at the bottom of the food chain, with the dinoflagellate (algae), Gambier-discus toxicus.
However, ciguatera poisoning is felt to be under reported, since it often resolves within days to weeks, while being misdiagnosed as some "Gl bug.
All species are great eating, save for the larger cuberas, occasionally implicated in ciguatera poisoning.
In tropical areas, locally caught barracuda, grouper, amberjack, and snapper can cause ciguatera poisoning.