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South Med J. 2016 Jun;109(6):338-41. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000470.

Scorpion Envenomation in Pregnancy.

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From the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.


Scorpion envenomation affects more than 1 million people every year and represents an important public health problem worldwide. The effects of envenomation range from localized pain and paresthesias to overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, leading to neurotoxicity and even death. Of the individuals affected by scorpion envenomation, certain populations, such as young children and older adults, are at high risk for severe disease. Substantial literature exists on the management of envenomation in children; however, scant literature exists that addresses the same phenomenon in pregnant women. This review serves to identify the effects of scorpion envenomation on pregnant women and the treatment options available to them. After thorough review of the treatment modalities that are used to treat scorpion envenomation, we developed a treatment algorithm that may help guide the management of pregnant women who present with scorpion envenomation.

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