Anaphylactic Shock Following a Fire Ant Sting

A Case Report

Sin-Ming Lam, Carlos Lam

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Abstract

A generalized allergic reaction or anaphylactic reaction following a fire ant sting may involve the skin, with erythema, pruritus, urticaria, or angioedema; the respiratory tract, with laryngeal edema and bronchospasm; the cardiovascular system, with myocardial depression, hypotension, and shock; and the gastrointestinal system, with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Anaphylactic shock due to a fire ant sting has rarely been reported. We describe a previously healthy 40 year-old man who developed, nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis, dizziness, hypotension, and a generalized skin rash after a single fire ant sting to his right hand. His serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) rose to 420 IU/mL. He responded to antihistamines, dopamine, corticosteroids, and fluid replacement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
Journal中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌
Volume9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Ants
Anaphylaxis
Bites and Stings
Hypotension
Nausea
Vomiting
Laryngeal Edema
Angioedema
Bronchial Spasm
Histamine Antagonists
Urticaria
Dizziness
Erythema
Pruritus
Cardiovascular System
Exanthema
Respiratory System
Immunoglobulin E
Diarrhea
Shock

Keywords

  • 過敏性休克
  • 紅螞蟻叮咬
  • anaphylactic shock
  • fire ant sting

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Anaphylactic Shock Following a Fire Ant Sting : A Case Report. / Lam, Sin-Ming; Lam, Carlos.

In: 中華民國急救加護醫學會雜誌, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1998, p. 163-166.

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