Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Poisoning Fish Evaluation

Evaluation of ciguatera begins with a medical history and physical examination.

The physical exam in those with ciguatera is usually normal.

Physical findings in those with ciguatera poisoning may include:

The history of gastroenteritis and neurological symptoms after eating a reef fish is usually enough to make the diagnosis of ciguatera poisoning. There are no diagnostic tests for ciguatera.

Tests that may be used to evaluate ciguatera may include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Poisoning Fish References
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