What are the metabolic signs of scorpion envenomation?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Metabolic signs are as follows:

  • Hyperglycemia may occur from catecholamine-induced hepatic glycogenolysis, pancreatitis, and insulin inhibition.

  • Increased lactic acidosis may occur from hypoxia and venom-induced increased lactase dehydrogenase activity.

  • Patients may have an electrolyte imbalance and dehydration from hypersalivation, vomiting, diaphoresis, and diarrhea.


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