Isolated Prolongation of Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time Following Wasp Sting

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王錦莉(Jinn-Li Wang);沈淵瑤(Ein-Yiao Shen);何文佑(Man-Yau Ho)

Key Words

wasp sting ; activated partial thromboplastin time


Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

46卷3期(2005 / 06 / 01)

Page #

164 - 165

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English Abstract

Reactions after bee or wasp sting are similar to anaphylaxis. Symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, urticaria, and hypotension may occur. Serious toxic reactions usually occur after numerous stings. Massive bee envenomations can result in immediate onset of shock, hemolysis, rhabdomyolysis, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), coma, and renal failure. In milder cases, patients may only have isolated prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and normal prothrombin time (PT), clinically without a tendency to bleed. As a rule, they recover spontaneously without any complication. We report three cases of wasp stings; they all manifested prolongation of aPTT and finally recovered completely. Isolated prolongation of aPTT in cases of wasp stings may be related to an extract from the venom inhibiting the coagulation pathway.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 婦產科與老幼科