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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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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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