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A case of severe anaphylaxis after Ropalidia marginata (a paper wasp) sting in Sri Lanka

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E.W.R.A. Witharana ,

Base Hospital, Deniyaya, LK
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W.A.I.P. Karunaratne,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Zoology
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A. Gnanathasan,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Clinical Medicine
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S.K.J. Wijesinghe,

Base Hospital, Deniyaya, LK
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S.C.L. Kadahetti

Base Hospital, Deniyaya, LK
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Abstract

Introduction: Ants, bees and wasps are insects in Order Hymenoptera. Victims of Hymenoptera sting can present with nuisance pain to more severe form of anaphylaxis [1]. Ropalidia marginata (Kaladuruwa) is the most common social wasp of Peninsula of India [2]. Traditional medication is a common practice in rural Sri Lanka for insect sting. Nest of the Ropalidia marginata is crushed and mixed with water to make a paste which is applied on the painful area over the stinging site of paper wasp as a common traditional treatment.

Although there are many cases of allergic reactions after wasp sting, the individual species of Ropalidia marginata causing severe anaphylaxis is not reported. We report a school boy presented with severe anaphylaxis after this paper wasp sting in Deniyaya, Sri Lanka.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jrcs.v20i1.7
How to Cite: Witharana, E.W.R.A. et al., (2015). A case of severe anaphylaxis after Ropalidia marginata (a paper wasp) sting in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Ruhunu Clinical Society. 20(1), pp.24–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jrcs.v20i1.7
Published on 01 Nov 2015.
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