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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Jan;29(1):98-103; quiz 104-5. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31827b5733.

Pediatric scorpion envenomation in the United States: morbidity, mortality, and therapeutic innovations.

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  • 1Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA. abskolnik@gmail.com

Abstract

In the Southwestern United States, the venom of the scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus (common name bark scorpion) can cause serious and potentially fatal neurotoxicity, with young children most vulnerable to its effects. Historically, advances in the quality of supportive care have made significant improvements in morbidity and mortality. In recent years, the development of effective antivenom therapies has changed the landscape of caring for these patients. This article reviews the background, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment options for C. sculpturatus envenomation. Recent advances in immunotherapy and subsequent implications for pediatric emergency care providers are discussed.

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