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Survival After Massive (>2000) Africanized Honeybee Stings

Cristóbal Leonel Díaz-Sánchez, MD; Alberto Lifshitz-Guinzberg, MD; Gregorio Ignacio-Ibarra, MD; Jose Halabe-Cherem, MD; Alfredo Quinones-Galvan, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(8):925-927. doi:10.1001/archinte.158.8.925.
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We report the clinical case of a man who survived a massive attack of Africanized bees (> 2000 bee stings). The man experienced anaphylactic shock and multisystem organ failure (neurologic, hepatic, renal, and hematologic failure). He was treated with administration of dopamine hydrochloride, antihistaminic agents, corticosteroids, fluid and electrolyte replenishment, peritoneal dialysis, and plasmapheresis. No sequelae have been observed during follow-up.

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