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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-18

Scorpion bite induced myocardial damage and pulmonary edema

1 Department of Cardiology, Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Medicine, Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Monika Maheshwari
Navin Niwas, 434/10, Bapu Nagar, Ajmer-305001, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/1995-705X.96663

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A patient with electrocardiographic abnormalities after scorpion sting, simulating early myocardial infarction, is reported here. Pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure accompanied these electrocardiographic changes. The etiology of the cardiovascular manifestations in severe scorpion sting is related to the venom effects on the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal secretion of catecholamines as well as to the toxic effects of the venom on the myocardium.

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