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Toxicon. 1991;29(1):125-8.

Acute pancreatitis in children following envenomation by the yellow scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus.

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel.


Plasma immunoreactive cationic trypsin (ICT), which is a specific and highly sensitive indicator of pancreatic injury, was measured in 14 children with signs of systemic envenomation following a sting by the scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus. High ICT levels were found in 13 children (93%), indicating that acute pancreatitis is a common complication of envenomation by this scorpion. The pancreatitis may account for the abdominal pain and vomiting commonly seen in scorpion envenomation and may also contribute to the agitation and discomfort noted in young children.

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