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Report of 267 Cases of Scorpion Bite Referring to an Emergency Department during One Year

Mohammad Manouchehrifar, Shaghayegh Khosravi, Ali Khavanin, Niloufar Derakhshandeh



Scorpion bite is a common health problem in many parts of the world, including the Iran’s tropics. There are thousands of cases and a number of deaths due to scorpion bite every year in the country. The present study aims to provide further data regarding the details, complications and outcomes of scorpion bite cases referring to Razi Hospital, Ahwaz, from March 2011 to April 2012. A total of 267 patients (56.3% females) with a mean age of 35.2±15.8 years, were included in the study. The most common genus of scorpion involved was Hemiscorpius (69.3%) and the most frequent body part involved was the lower limb (38.9%). The frequency of hemolysis-induced renal insufficiency and death after scorpion bite were 1.9% and 1.1%, respectively. Of all the factors evaluated in this series only the old age was associated with higher possibility of renal insufficiency (P<0.001).



Bites and stings; scorpion, hemolysis; environmental; poisoning


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/emergency.v1i1.5263


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