July 2010

Centipede Bite: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Milan, Italy.


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Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(7):807-808. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.157

Centipedes are arthropods that live primarily in tropical and subtropical regions and belong to the class Chilopoda, which includes approximately 3000 species. The strong mandibles and venomous fangs, called forcipules, are derived from the first pair of legs. Skin reactions caused by Scolopendra subspinipes bites are well known,1 but they have very rarely been reported in the dermatologic literature.25

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