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Ocular Lesions Arising After Stings by Hymenopteran Insects

Arcieri, Enyr Saran M.D.; França, Edimar Tiago M.D.; de Oliveria, Hailton Barreiros M.D.; De Abreu Ferreira, Lizane M.D.; Ferreira, Magno Antônio M.D.; Rocha, Flávio Jaime M.D.

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Abstract

Purpose. To describe the ocular lesions that occur after stings from hymenopteran insects.

Methods. We examined the ocular alterations in five patients who suffered ocular trauma from hymenopteran insect stings.

Results. In 4 cases where the insect was identified as a wasp, all the patients presented with persistent corneal decompensation and two presented with total cataract, requiring surgical treatment. In the case of trauma by a bee sting, the patient presented with corneal edema and an inflammatory reaction of the anterior chamber with total regression of these alterations after clinical treatment.

Conclusion. Although a rare occurrence, ocular trauma caused by hymenopteran insects can result in severe ocular alterations in humans.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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