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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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LOBO, Ricardo Antônio; GOLDONI, Paulo André Margonari; SOUZA, Cláudio Augusto Ribeiro de  and  MEDEIROS, Carlos Roberto de. Accident caused by Centruroides testaceus (DeGeer, 1778) (Scorpiones, Buthidae), native to the Caribbean, in Brazilian airport. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2011, vol.44, n.6, pp.789-791. ISSN 0037-8682.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822011000600028.

Describes the case of a 6-year-old girl who was stung by a Centruroides testaceus, a scorpion native to the Lesser Antilles, in the Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo, Brazil, as she disembarked from a flight coming from the Caribbean. The patient presented only local symptoms (a small area of erythema and pain at the sting site), which were resolved after a few hours with analgesics, without the need for antivenom. Physicians who treat patients stung by scorpions should be alert to the possibility of such accidents being caused by non native species, especially those cases that occur near airports or ports.

Keywords : Scorpion Sting; Centruroides; Centruroides testaceus.

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