n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Scorpion sting in southern Africa : diagnosis and management
|Article Title||Scorpion sting in southern Africa : diagnosis and management|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University, 2 Stellenbosch University, 3 Stellenbosch University, 4 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, 5 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, 6 Tygerberg Poison Information Centre and 7 Colleges of Medicine of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Oct 2012|
|Pages||356 - 361|
Most southern African scorpions are relatively harmless to humans, and although they can inflict quite a painful sting, no other toxic effects are expected to develop. However, a small number of scorpion species can cause life-threatening systemic envenoming. Children are especially vulnerable, with a mortality rate of close to 20%. Most deaths are attributable to one species, namely Parabuthus granulatus. In order for medical personnel to provide optimal patient management after a scorpion sting, they should be familiar with the clinical picture and management.
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