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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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EZQUER, Mauricio R; VILLARREAL, Manuel  and  MUNTANER, Javier. Scorpionism in children in Tucumán: descriptive analysis of cases in a second level of complexity Hospital. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2016, vol.114, n.6, pp.e413-e416. ISSN 0325-0075.

Scorpionism in Tucumán is very frequent. The aim is to describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of cases of scorpionism that were seen in the Emergency Department of Eva Perón Hospital, Banda del Río Salí, Tucumán, between July 2013 and March 2015. Forty patients were assisted, 21 boys and 19 girls. The average age was 6.89 years. Thirty four (85%) resultedmild, 3 (7.5%) moderated, 3 (7.5%) moderated-severe. Hands (22.6%) and feet (20%) were the places in the body where the stings were more frequently localized. In only 3 cases the scorpion could be identified as Tityus trivittatus. Six (the moderate and moderate-severe cases) patients received specific antidote, with variable response. Although most of the cases were mild, this is an entity with severe prognosis in some patients. Epidemiological surveillance is necessary to arrange prevention measures, as we do in this Hospital.

Keywords : Scorpionism; Epidemiology; Tucumán.

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