Centipede envenomation: bringing the pain to Hawai'i and Pacific Islands

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Scolopendra subspinipes is the only clinically significant centipede found in Hawai'i. Envenomation typically leads to extreme localized pain, erythema, induration, and tissue necrosis and possible lymphedema or lymphangitis. Mortality is uncommon and results from secondary infection or anaphylaxis. Management is supportive and includes wound care, pain control, and treatment with topical or oral antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
Number of pages3
JournalHawai'i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


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