EMPOWERING PHYSICIANS WITH EVIDENCE-BASED CONTENT
 

Home > Browse Topics

<< Bites and Stings Snakes, Spiders, and Scorpions in the United States

Scorpions: ED Evaluation

The initial evaluation of scorpion envenomations is as described for the other envenomations discussed in this article. On physical exam, the sting area needs to be examined because there is usually no significant local swelling and bruising around the site due to the lack of cytotoxins in the scorpion venom. The bite site, however, may have a positive "tap test" (severe pain and paresthesias when the sting site is tapped by a finger). A neurological exam will demonstrate clinical signs of envenomation, including roving eye movements and tongue fasciculations. In severe envenomations, patients will have uncontrolled limb movements. Vital signs need to be monitored for signs of autonomic dysfunction.6,20,29-34

Other Articles Similar To This One:

CME Budget Ending? 20% Off all CME Resources!

EMplify, the new Emergency Medicine Practice podcast, is now available

 

About EB Medicine:

Products:

Accredited By:

ACCME ACCME
AMA AMA
ACEP ACEP
AAFP AAFP
AOA AOA
AAP AAP

Endorsed By:

AEMAA AEMAA
HONcode HONcode
STM STM

 

Last Modified: 06/29/2017
© EB Medicine