Centipede bites in Japan

Cutis. 1991 Mar;47(3):189-90.


Five cases of centipede bites are reported. The patients showed erythema in response to swelling, and/or paresis around the sites. They had been bitten by Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans Koch or Scolopendra subspinipes multidens Newport. There was no species-specific reaction to the bite, so the variety of reactions seen was thought to be due to patients' individual differences. Treatment included local anesthesia, systemic and/or topical corticosteroids, and administration of a biscoclaurin alkaloid, as needed according to the severity of the lesions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Arthropods*
  • Bites and Stings* / diagnosis
  • Bites and Stings* / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged