Multiple hornet stings with features of Reye's syndrome

Zvi Weizman, Huda Mussafi, Jacob S. Ishay, Yigal Shvil, Kalman Goitein, Nelly Livni, Richard J. Deckelbaum

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Hornet's venom is known to possess a variety of toxic effects. A 19-mo-old girl who developed a Reye-like syndrome following multiple stings by the Oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis) is described. She presented with encephalopathy associated with hepatomegaly, elevated transaminase levels, low prothrombin time, and hyperammonemia. Liver biopsy demonstrated microvesicular fatty infiltration and diffuse mitochondrial changes. Additional features were acute renal tubular necrosis and massive hemolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1407-1410
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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