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JCDR. 2011; 2(4): 244-246

Acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction from a centipede bite

Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Ramachandran Meenakshisundaram, Andrew D. Michaels,Ponuswamy Suresh, Ponniah Thirumalaikolundusubramanian.


Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) following a centipede bite has been very rarely reported. Here, we describe a
22 year-old man who had ST-segment elevation AMI after a centipede bite. He presented with typical chest pain,
electro and echocardiographic abnormalities, and elevated cardiac enzymes with normal coronary angiography.
The probable mechanisms were described. Practitioners treating centipede bites shall not consider it lightly, as
centipede envenomation may produce a variety of systemic and local manifestations in susceptible individuals.

Key words: Envenomation, mechanism of action, toxins, vagal activity

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