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Médecine et Santé Tropicales

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Management of scorpion stings in Africa and the Mediterranean region Volume 26, issue 2, Avril-Mai-Juin 2016

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UMR 216 Institut de recherche pour le développement, Cotonou, Benin. UMR MERIT « Santé de la mère et de l’enfant face aux infections tropicales », Bénin
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  • Key words: envenomation, scorpion sting, treatment, antivenom, Africa, Mediterranean region
  • DOI : 10.1684/mst.2016.0571
  • Page(s) : 130-3
  • Published in: 2016

Common in the southern and eastern Mediterranean basin, scorpion stings can develop into a severe medical emergency, especially in young children. Here we review several principles of diagnosis and treatment. The indications for antivenom and symptomatic treatment are detailed according to the symptoms and clinical severity of envenomation.