Spanish woman dies from bee sting acupuncture

The unnamed patient suffered an anaphylactic shock to the venom, which led to a coma and multiple organ failure.  She passed away weeks later in a Madrid hospital.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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The severity of allergic reactions to insect stings ranges from mild, local reactions to systemic, life-threatening anaphylaxis.1, 2 Systemic reactions (SRs) to Hymenoptera stings can occur in 0.5-3.3% of adults in the US and 0.3-7.5% of adults in Europe.3, 4 In pediatric patients, the prevalence of SRs is lower, from 0.15-0.8%.5-8 In addition, in children, the majority of SRs from sting consist of exclusively cutaneous symptoms.9 Venom immunotherapy (VIT) is very effective in decreasing the SR risk after subsequent sting and is generally indicated in subjects with histories of SRs to Hymenoptera stings with extra-cutaneous symptoms.
Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
Anaphylaxis is a systemic and hypersensitive allergic reaction caused by various triggers such as environmental, food, drug, and insects. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence, triggers, and clinical severity of anaphylaxis in 2 emergency departments (EDs) in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study based on a screening of medical records was conducted between January 2015 and August 2017, to identify confirmed cases of anaphylaxis. Patient characteristics were age, sex, previously known allergies, and the triggering allergens. The clinical severity was measured on the basis of the anaphylaxis international as...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
ConclusionsAppropriate education and prevention measures aimed at decreasing injury from animals should be directed at the high-risk groups of agricultural workers and young children with dogs. Public policy and treatment pricing should align to ensure adequate available medication for those at risk of anaphylaxis from stings from Hymenoptera.
Source: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
ConclusionThe vital signs and clinical conditions of the patients who were treated by the DH staff when they were in an anaphylactic state at the scene showed improvement when they arrived at the hospital.
Source: Air Medical Journal - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsLooking at this selected population, we suggest that mastocytosis should be considered in patients developing severe reactions at re-sting after VIT discontinuation and, as a speculation, patients with mastocytosis and HVA should be VIT-treated lifelong.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
ConclusionsAppropriate education and prevention measures aimed at decreasing injury from animals should be directed at the high-risk groups of agricultural workers and young children with dogs. Public policy and treatment pricing should align to ensure adequate available medication for those at risk of anaphylaxis from stings from Hymenoptera.
Source: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
ConclusionThe vital signs and clinical conditions of the patients who were treated by the DH staff when they were in an anaphylactic state at the scene showed improvement when they arrived at the hospital.
Source: Air Medical Journal - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsLooking at this selected population, we suggest that mastocytosis should be considered in patients developing severe reactions at re-sting after VIT discontinuation and, as a speculation, patients with mastocytosis and HVA should be VIT-treated lifelong.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Susceptible individuals who have suffered painful stings caused by red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, usually experience physical health effects such as fever, dizziness, generalized urticaria, or other systemic reactions such as anaphylactic shoc...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
ConclusionsSPT300 shows a  high but not substantially superior sensitivity utilizing both WV and BV extract for diagnosis of HV allergy compared to SPT100 and IDT1. However, since SPT300 with BV extract demonstrated a very low specificity, our results indicate that SPT300 has limited added value in the diagnosis of HV alle rgy.
Source: Allergo Journal International - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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