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In: MD-Medical Data, 9 (3), pp. 185-187, 2017.
Scolopendra cingulata (Laterille, 1829) was noticed sixty years ago for the first time in one location in Serbia and since then data about it are scarce. It represents the biggest centipede in Europe and only one that can seriously harm humans. Scolopendrism in Republic of Serbia is a true rarity and until now there has been no case report of harming human by centipede Scolopendra cingulata (Laterille, 1829). Patient aged 85, was stung on his right leg toe by unknown centipede in the toilet of his home. The centipede was afterwards identified as Scolopendra cingulata. As a chief complaint patient describes intense pain at the sting site and burning feeling that spreads to the hip joint. The objective finding revealed a slight redness of the affected area. He was ordinated 20mg chloropyramine (Synopen), 2x4mg dexamethasone and 40mg methylprednisolone i.v. 24 hours after centipede attack pain was completely gone and the patient could walk freely. Although there is a possibility that a species located in our country's territory exhibits phenotypes and genotype differences in relation to the more widely described Mediterranean type, each human bitten by i.e. that come into contact with Scolopendra cingulata venom should be taken seriously in order to facilitate the patient's symptoms, manage constant monitoring and prevent the development of isolated or associated complications with potential comorbidities of the patient.