Dec 13, 2006

Androctonus crassicauda (Olivier 1807) scorpionism in the Sanliurfa provinces of Turkey

Türkiye parazitolojii dergisi
Ozcan OzkanK Zafer Karaer


In this study, the epidemiology and clinical findings of scorpion stings in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey was evaluated between May and September 2003. Data obtained from questionnaires was evaluated and the identification of scorpions collected from the region was carried out in the laboratory. It was determined that of the species of scorpions only Androctonus crassicauda was collected. This species plays the major role in 50.8% of scorpionism cases. This study also showed that intoxications caused by A. crassicauda in southeast Anatolia region were seen in the summer during the hot months especially in August. Females and people above 15 years of age were the most affected and they had been stung on the extremities. In clinical evaluations, it was found that 17.7% of the cases showed systemic effects and no deaths were reported. Also parasympathetic effects were more common in comparison to sympathetic effects.

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Alpinacris crassicauda
Seasonal Variation
Limb Structure
Scorpion Sting
Sex Distribution
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Scorpion antigen
Signs and Symptoms

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