TITLE

Millipede Burn at an Unusual Site Mimicking Child Abuse in an 8-Year-Old Girl

AUTHOR(S)
Dar, Nasser Rasheed; Raza, Naeem; Rehman, Simeen Ber
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun2008, Vol. 47 Issue 5, p490
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the millipede envenomation, diagnosis its cause and the treatment for its arcuate burn-like lesions. Millipedes do not bite, for they do not have biting mouthparts but they have secrete noxious substance like benxoquinone and hydroquinone from the repugnatorial glands present along the body segments that can cause millipede burn when contact with the skin and may be easily mistaken for signs of child abuse. A case report of an 8-year-old girl suffering from a painful swelling on her eternal genital tract cause by millipede burn is presented. Taking oral amoxicillin or potassium clavulanate suspension and local application of steroid cream and antibacterial agents leads the lesion to heal.
ACCESSION #
32034387

 

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