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Centipede Bite: A Case Report

Stefano Veraldi, MD; Anna Chiaratti, MD; Lorenzo Sica, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(7):807-808. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.157.
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Centipedes are arthropods that live primarily in tropical and subtropical regions and belong to the class Chilopoda, which includes approximately 3000 species. The strong mandibles and venomous fangs, called forcipules, are derived from the first pair of legs. Skin reactions caused by Scolopendra subspinipes bites are well known,1 but they have very rarely been reported in the dermatologic literature.25

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Scolopendra subspinipes. The scale bar indicates centimeters, and the inset shows a closer view of the head, buccal apparatus, and fangs.

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Severe, mildly erythematous edema involving the entire right hand. Vesicles, blisters, and pustules are also present.

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