How does the susceptibility to scorpion envenomation vary by age?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Adults, especially those of workforce age, are stung more often than children. However, children are more likely to develop a more rapid progression of symptoms after a scorpion sting, with increased severity and higher mortality because of their lower body weight, [9] with a global rate of 10 deaths per 1000 cases in children. [10, 11] Furthermore, elderly persons are more susceptible to stings because of their decreased physiologic reserves and increased debilitation.


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