Scorpion sting and hypertensive crisis

Abstract

BACKGROUND Scorpion stings are very frequent in Centre-South America. The most frequently observed clinical symptoms are: local pain and redness, tachycardia, irritability, hypertensive crisis; but it differs with the scorpion species involved.
CLINICAL CASE We describe a scorpion sting in a woman who came back from a holiday in Mexico. Consequently she had a hypertensive crisis treated with furosemide.
DISCUSSION The scorpion sting can be very dangerous. There are many species which could be lethal; in these cases, identifying the exact species can be essential to save the patient’s life. The treatment consists of symptomatic measures, support of vital functions and i.v. antivenom.

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Published
2013-05-03
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Keywords:
Scorpion, Sting, Woman, Furosemide, Hypertensive crisis.
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Ratti, C., Grassi, L., Angheben, A., Gobbo, M., Brugioni, L., & Zandomeneghi, R. (2013). Scorpion sting and hypertensive crisis. Italian Journal of Medicine, 1(4), 23-24. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2007.4.23