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[Centipede stings notified by the "Centro de Informações Toxicológicas de Belém", over a 2-year period]

E Barroso, A S Hidaka, A X dos Santos, J D Matos França, A M de Sousa, J Rodrigues Valente, A F Amoras Magalhães, P P Oliveira Pardal
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical 2001, 34 (6): 527-30
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Centipedes are arthropods of the class Chilopoda. The objective of this work was to study the incidence of accidents involving centipedes at "Centro de Informações Toxicológicas de Belém" (CIT-Belém) over a two-year period. Seventy-six patients were studied from March 30, 1998 until March 30, 2000. Centipede accidents occurred in 16.8% of all accidents by venomous animals at Centro de Informações Toxicológicas de Belém; compared to snake accidents, 44.4 % and scorpion accidents, 20.5%. The majority of cases occurred in the residence (86.8%). The most important age group was 20-49 years old (64.4%). The part of human body mostly affected was the superior members (47.4 %). Local pain and edema were found in 95.8% and 52.1% of the patients, respectively. Treatment was symptomatic. Healing occurred in 94.7%, although the outcome of 5.3% of cases was unknown. Centipede accidents are a benign accident, occurring within the residence and treatment consists of measures to decrease the pain.

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