What is the focus of clinical history in patients with scorpion envenomation?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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For patients presenting with scorpion stings, ascertaining the following is essential:

  • Time of envenomation

  • Nature of the incident

  • Description of the scorpion: Specimen identification by an entomologist may be helpful (if the scorpion can be captured safely).

  • Local and systemic symptoms: Pain and paresthesias often are present. Nausea and vomiting are common.


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