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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

MEDEIROS, Carlos Roberto de; BRIOSCHI, Marcos Leal; SOUZA, Solange Nogueira de  and  TEIXEIRA, Manoel Jacobsen. Infrared thermography to diagnose and manage venomous animal bites and stings. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.2, pp.260-264. ISSN 0037-8682.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0390-2016.

INTRODUCTION

Infrared imaging (IR) is a noninvasive technique that quantifies body surface temperature, producing a digital color image. IR has been used to study diseases in which skin temperature can reflect the presence of inflammation.

METHODS

This was an observational pilot study of eight patients envenomed by snakes, spiders, and scorpions. All patients were examined using a thermal camera.

RESULTS

In all cases, we obtained infrared images that corroborated clinical findings indicating localized effects of venom, specifically inflammation.

CONCLUSIONS

IR has potential for use as a research, diagnostic, and monitoring tool for localized effects of animal venoms.

Keywords : Infrared thermography; Envenomation; Venomous animals.

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