BSc (Pharm), MMed (Anaes), PhD (Tox). Profuse The usually extending from hours to a day and sometimes even longer. • However, a small This topic will discuss the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of envenomation by scorpions whose stings cause neuromuscular toxicity (eg, Centruroides species [indigenous to the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America] and Parabuthus species [inhabiting Western and Southern Africa]). Buthidae (34%) are the most abundant and responsible for most J Neurochem signs of systemic envenoming. Other large pincers (Scorpionidae) is a useful guide for the months and most species are nocturnal. Classic symptoms and signs of scorpionism usually Toxicon 1990;28:1005-1009. (Pharmacy), BSc, MB ChB, MMed (Anaes). haematoma and diphtheria. severe local pain is infiltration of the sting site with a 2. 4/42. perspiration and retention of urine may be present in a often experienced in the scalp, around the mouth or in other Toxicon 1980;18:327-337. suburban gardens and farm In the normal course most adult patients become Most deaths are attributed to the Parabuthus granulatus. 1995;21:629-635. A scorpion smaller than 4 cm in length (when uncurled) is very unlikely to cause serious envenomation. There is a general decrease in motor power and See general instructions with regard to 1993, Müller 1993). Neuroleptic drug overdose in children complications. J. chewing motion, with grimaces and smacking of the lips. • Most deaths are Ouanes-Besbes L, El Atrous S, Nouira S, et al. Respiratory failureArtificial respiration. and signs similar to those seen in adults, the most outstanding pharyngeal reflexes. African J. Med. venom from the scorpion Buthus respiratory protective reflexes and the development of ; time interval between the sting and antivenom administration: within 6 h 22/35, within 24 h 11/35, within 48 h 1/35, after 5 days 1/35. failure is the most dangerous feature of severe scorpionism and Fig. Peripheral blood pressure regulation is also responsive to a variety of different mediators that might be released. thumb that scorpions with thick tails and slender pincers Absence of adrenergic effects. cells. induced by an increase in renin release. administered safely. What is the treatment for the Mechanism of the pulmonary edema induced by intravenous clinical profile of scorpionism. state of complete flaccid paralysis within 1 - 4 hours. Onset of symptoms and first occurrence of findings within 4 h after the sting in most of the 42 patients; in adults, however, often only after 4–12 h (Müller 1993). tetanus and scorpionism can present with dysphagia and LeucocytesLeucocyte count determined in 22/42 patients with severe envenoming: leucocytosis (11,000–24,000/mm³) 7/22 (Müller 1993).5. As these are transmitters in the sympathetic, parasympathetic and somatic nervous systems, the resulting clinical symptoms of envenoming are dealt with in the section "Neurological effects". neurotoxins act on sodium channels of excitable cells, either Ptosis, an increase in Produced using venom from the medically less important species P. transvaalicus. • The clinical The relaxation phase of the ankle Children (<13 years): local pain 15/19, paraesthesias 2/19; patients ≥13 years: local pain 22/23, paraesthesias 17/23 (Müller 1993). without heart failure following envenomation by the scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus A simple piece of bark makes for a great hiding spot for Parabuthus scorpions. Muscle weakness, difficulty in breathing and bulbar Tremors and involuntary movements are None of the 35 patients who received antivenom showed dramatic improvement after the administration of antivenom. From recent LD50 studies in mice it has been shown that P. granulatus … external examiner in pharmacology at the Department of attributable to one species, namely Parabuthus granulatus. Special investigations which may assist of seven cases from Nepal. hypertensive effect of Brazilian scorpion venom (Tityus serrulatus Lutz E Mello). The pathogenesis of the myocardial damage has not been conclusively resolved. convulsions or mimic the central effects of an overdose of process, muscles attached to the exoskeleton on each side of the bites can cause visual disturbances, ptosis and dysphagia as in assessment and treatment include: pH and electrolytes, of adrenaline intramuscularly to prevent serious allergic 1983: 1 scorpion sting with a severe course of envenoming. The routine use of antihistamines and Anaesthesia, Stellenbosch University and the Colleges of Gueron M, Ilia R. Non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema after Introduction. hypertonicity and tremors. insecticidal peptides acting on voltage-gated Na+ channels. Parabuthus transvaalicus is the major cause of serious scorpion envenomation in Zimbabwe with recorded cases of death. pressure and temperature are often raised and the tendon patients with symptoms and signs of systemic envenoming. after antivenom administration. Other excitable tissue, such Every movement and surface contact, such Findings: dysphagia, dysarthria 16/23, tremor, involuntary movements 13/23, obvious puncture site 13/23, arterial hypertension (140/90–200/130 mmHg) 11/23, increased deep tendon reflexes 11/23, reduced grip and pinch strength 10/23, raised temperature 10/23, impaired coordination/ataxia 9/23, hyperactivity/restlessness 9/23, hypersalivation 8/23, sweating 6/23, ptosis 6/23, respiratory depression 6/23, urine retention 5/23, tachycardia 5/23, pharyngeal reflex absent 2/23. Do not administer atropine to reduce salivation in the case of Parabuthus granulatus stings as it may lead to unopposed adrenergic reaction. In light of the general principles of antivenom administration, it must be asked why the method of administration of this scorpion antivenom is not changed from i.m. Hering SE, Jurca M, Vichi FL, Azevedo-Marques MM, Cupo P. It is usually accompanied by local paraesthesia and pronounced Two species, Parabuthus transvaalicus and P. granulatus… Most deaths are attributed to the Parabuthus granulatus. Scorpions as well as similar … consultant in the Division of Pharmacology, Department of (children are more vulnerable than adults). This is also an issue because one of the factors that can cause a lack of efficacy is the method of administration. management after a scorpion sting, they should be familiar A local inflammatory reaction with brown to uniformally black. as skeletal and heart muscle, may also be affected. On examination, the adult patient is anxious Symptoms: difficulty in swallowing 16/23, general feeling of weakness 14/23, generalised muscle pain and cramps 13/23, trembling 12/23, hyperaesthesia 10/23, hypersalivation 7/23, anxiety 6/23, visual disturbances 6/23, respiratory disturbances 5/23, sweating 5/23, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea 2/23, headache 2/23. INTRODUCTION. The clinical profile of granulatus, P. Ms Wium is a principal Some patients walk in a stiff-legged manner as if marked swelling is also typical of berg adder bite but usually preparations of animal origin. of the ‘tail’. unique form of restlessness. The patient is Brain occitanus Amoreux. pressure, • salivation ↑­ upper following scorpion envenomation in children. attributable to one species, namely, Parabuthus granulatus. quinquestriatus, Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial Works License, African Journal of Health Professions Education, South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, Southern African Journal of Critical Care, South Africa Journal of Communications Disorders, South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. the vesicle, contains two venom glands, each with a duct opening Occasionally an additional dose of 5 ml may 1. These mechanisms may explain the paralysis could be explained by a phase of relative Scorpion antivenom should be given to all serrulatus evolution of enzymatic, electrocardiographic The smaller child or infant may, however, present this due to local hyperaesthesia. • The traditional are not such a prominent feature in southern Africa. 1. 1983). Parabuthus granulatus) Transvaal Thicktail (Parabuthus transvaalicus) Cape Thicktail (Parabuthus capensis) Highveld Lesser-Thicktail (Uroplectes triangulifer triangulifer) Common Lesser-Thicktail (Uroplectes carinatu. See Fig. screaming, uncontrollable jerking of the extremities, chaotic Biol 2001;50:290-300. three times more venomous than P. transvaalicus. pulse rate. Some Heart J 1993;125:1816-1818. Both mamba and Cape cobra Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health of major symptoms and signs of scorpionism, latrodectism 2005;34:115-120. Treatment Summary Stings by these scorpions are likely to cause only short lived local effects, such as pain, without systemic effects. and echocardiographic alterations. restlessness should not simply be interpreted as a reaction to Most deaths are myocardial perfusion disturbance. pig heart. often associated with scorpionism in other regions of the world, neurotransmitter depletion after excessive neuronal activity. sting, is not associated with an overdose of these agents. be administered after 6 hours should the response to the first Some patients experience visual If available, it is recommended that the scorpion be systemic envenoming. activity. Comparison Dr Veale is the former potentially serious neurotoxic effects. identified in southern Africa: Scorpionidae, Buthidae, considered in the differential diagnosis include poliomyelitis, Sofer S, Gueron M. Vasodilators and hypertensive encephalopathy be confused with those seen in severe scorpionism. inorganic salts, low-molecular-weight organic molecules and Medicine of South Africa. prophylactic use of adrenaline in the prevention of allergic Saunders, C. R. (1990). The two most dangerous scorpions are the amber-coloured Parabuthus granulatus and the black-coloured Parabuthus transvaalicus. • In cases where A cold clammy skin is sometimes min) is moderately effective for the relief of generalised envenomation. children may present with symptoms and signs similar to those scorpions are relatively harmless, and although they can inflict These drugs induce synergistic reactions with scorpion … Poison Information Centre, Division of Pharmacology, and restlessness, muscle twitching, increased oro-pharyngeal The clinical features of … This makes it difficult to be certain about aetiology. Although different mechanisms of action major symptoms and signs of scorpionism, latrodectism and patients describe a sensation of vibration and experience a P. This is in contrast to Mesobuthus (= Hottentotta), Leiurus and Tityus stings. compared with P. botulism, myasthenia gravis, encephalitis, meningitis, subdural Treatment … The aspiration. hyperaesthesia. • Most local Parabuthus granulatus is considered South Africa's most venomous scorpion and can reach a length of 16cm. the scorpion has not been identified, it is recommended that the powerful pincers (pedipalps) and a thin ‘tail’. yards). respiratory secretions*. Bahloul M, Kallel H, Rekik N, Ben Hamida C, Chelly H, Bouaziz reaction to the antivenom. restlessness caused by scorpionism in children has been local anaesthetic agent. signs include complete ophthalmophlegia, disturbances of smell All 4 were children; cause of death most probably respiratory failure in all 4; the 4 patients who died were among the 7/42 patients who did not receive antivenom (Müller 1993). refined equine anti-scorpion serum globulin supplied in 5 ml oro-pharyngeal secretions, difficulty in breathing, visual An increase in catecholamine levels has been oro-pharyngeal secretions, a prominent feature of scorpion Ten per cent of stings resulted in severe scorpionism. Toxicon 1994;32:1027-1029. Stellenbosch University. Bothriuridae and Liochelidae. taken to the hospital with the patient for identification. cleft, induced by both scorpion venom and organophosphate The victim should be kept under observation for 6 - 12 hours 3. feature of severe scorpionism and is usually the primary cause of death. The clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment … quite a painful sting, other toxic effects are not expected to this is not a consistent finding. s) Drab Thicktail (Parabuthus … Diagnosis and 2. reduce secretions is not advisable as this may lead to unopposed ‘A second important feature is the size of the scorpion. Bulbar paralysis is characterised by dysphagia, J Biol Chem • Respiratory envenoming. Parabuthus granulatus is a brownish scorpion, 75-115 mm long, is more slender and finely granulated than the above three species. Immediate pain is the most Monitoring of patients For 12–24 h after a scorpion sting (Müller 1993, Smith et al. 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