What are the complications of scorpion envenomation?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Complications of scorpion envenomation may include the following:

  • Cellulitis and abscess formation at sting site [25]

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy [26, 27]

  • Ankylosis of small joints if the sting occurs at a joint

  • Rhabdomyolysis

  • Persistent paresthesia

  • Antivenin anaphylaxis and serum sickness [28]

  • Iatrogenic, high-dose, sedative-hypnotic respiratory arrest

  • Respiratory arrest

  • Cardiac arrest

  • Shock

  • Seizures

  • Death

  • Defibrination after M tamulus stings

  • Hemolysis after H lepturus stings

  • Pancreatitis after T trinitatis stings

  • Antivenom-associated reactions

  • Renal failure


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