Lethal brain edema, shock, and coagulopathy after scorpion envenomation

Yuval Cavari, Isaac Lazar, Ilan Shelef, Shaul Sofer

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    We report the case of a 2-year-old Bedouin boy in whom developed severe and unusual complications after being stung, most probably, by the yellow scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus hebraeus. Five hours after arrival to the emergency department, the boy had multisystem organ failure involving the central nervous system (seizure activity followed by coma with dilated, nonreactive pupils, and severe brain edema), shock (noncardiogenic), disseminated intravascular coagulation, renal failure, hepatic failure, and watery diarrhea, causing his death. In view of the relevant literature, we discuss the pathophysiologic events ultimately leading to his death.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-27
    Number of pages5
    JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Mar 2013


    • brain edema
    • coagulopathy
    • multisystem organ failure
    • scorpion sting
    • shock

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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