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Vietnamese centipede envenomation

N C Bouchard, G M Chan, R S Hoffman
Veterinary and Human Toxicology 2004, 46 (6): 312-3
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The Vietnamese centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) is one of the largest and most aggressive tropical centipedes. It has become a popular pet among arthropod enthusiasts and the general public. Despite their reputation, few well-documented cases of envenomation are reported in the medical literature. A 53-yo man developed severe pain, swelling and erythema of his left hand and forearm after being bitten on the hand by his pet Vietnamese centipede. The neurological and vascular examination of the arm was normal. He was admitted to the hospital, treated with arm elevation, analgesics and parenteral antibiotics. His symptoms gradually resolved and he was discharged after 4 d with no neurological or cosmetic sequelae.

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