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December 1984

Treatments for Centruroides exilicauda Envenomation

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Rachesky, Banner, and Dansky) and Pharmacology (Dr Banner), University of Arizona College of Medicine, the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (Drs Banner and Tong), and the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (Drs Banner and Tong), Tucson.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(12):1136-1139. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140500042015

• We treated two cases of severe envenomation by the scorpion Centruroides exilicauda. The first infant was treated with a species-specific scorpion antivenom, which produced a delayed but dramatic return of all vital signs to normal. A second infant was treated with two doses of intravenous propranolol hydrochloride and had a rapid, dramatic decrease in heart rate but only gradual resolution of neurologic symptoms. These cases demonstrate the severe symptoms of envenomation by this scorpion in the infant and show two possible treatments.

(AJDC 1984;138:1136-1139)