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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2016 Mar-Apr;54(2):265-8.

[Scorpionism causing severe acute flaccid paralysis. Case report].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Centro Regional de Información y Atención Toxicológica, Cruz Verde de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. albertovillamanzano@yahoo.com.mx.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

BACKGROUND:

Scorpionism is a public health problem in various regions of the world, being Mexico the country with the highest number of cases. Clinical manifestations range from local symptoms to severe disease with an impact on cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological level, and even death. There are no reports of acute flaccid paralysis as a manifestation of the clinical picture of the scorpion sting of the Centruroides gender, Family Buthidae, highly toxic, causes high rates of morbidity and mortality in our region.

CLINICAL CASE:

We documented a case of scorpionism, caused by a scorpion gender Buthidae, Centruroides family, which caused acute flaccid paralysis, after resolution of other severe manifestations. There is only one case report of scorpionism that produces acute flaccid paralysis in the literature, but it is related to the Parabuthus scorpion, endemic of South Africa.

CONCLUSIONS:

The knowledge of this complication, new for our region, will maximize efforts to diagnose and appropriately manage this symptoms, with the adequate application of the specific fabotherapy and advanced life support for proper survival in the patients with compromise of vital functions and imminent risk of death mainly by respiratory failure.

KEYWORDS:

Arachnid control; Paralysis; Scorpion stings

PMID:
26960056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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