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Unusual reactions following insect stings

Clinical features and immunologic analysis
  • Wilma C. Light
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    From the Allergy Research Laboratory of the Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo, N. Y., USA

    From the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of the State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, N. Y., USA
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  • Robert E. Reisman
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    Reprint requests to: Dr. R. E. Reisman, The Buffalo General Hospital, 100 High St., Buffalo, N. Y. 14203.
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    From the Allergy Research Laboratory of the Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo, N. Y., USA

    From the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of the State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, N. Y., USA
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  • Masatoshi Shimizu
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    From the Allergy Research Laboratory of the Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo, N. Y., USA

    From the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of the State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, N. Y., USA
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  • Carl E. Arbesman
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    From the Allergy Research Laboratory of the Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo, N. Y., USA

    From the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of the State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, N. Y., USA
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      Abstract

      Fifteen patients were studied who had unusual reactions following insect stings. These included serum sickness, neurologic disease, renal disease, and delayed hypersensitivity-type reactions. The clinical features are briefly outlined. Measurements were made of serum venon-specific IgE and IgG antibodies. These antibodies were present in some patients and in these instances suggested an immunologic pathogenesis for the reactions. Alternative etiologies for the unusual reactions are also discussed.
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