Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity

J. Andrew Grant, Richard Rahr, David O. Thueson, Michael A. Lett-Brown, James A. Hokanson, John W. Yunginger

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Abstract

Patients referred from the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area were evaluated for allergic reactions to insect stings. Forty-eight persons reported at least one systemic reaction caused by a Polistes paper-nest wasp sting. Honey bees, imported fire ants, and other types of Hymenoptera were identified in that order by 19 other subjects with systemic allergic reactions. Life-threatening airway obstruction and/or hypotension were noted by most of our patients. Wasp venom skin testing was positive in 65% of subjects reporting sensitivity to this insect. Skin testing was correlated quantitatively with basophil histamine release, and qualitatively with RAST assays using Polistes wasp venom. Venoms from common species of Polistes were highly cross-reactive as shown by RAST and basophil histamine release. Patients having a positive history and laboratory response (by skin testing, histamine release, or RAST) to Polistes wasp venom also were positive to bee venom about 20% of the time and to another vespid (hornet or yellow jacket) over 50% of the time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983

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Wasp Venoms
Wasps
Histamine Release
Hypersensitivity
Basophils
Skin
Insect Bites and Stings
Bee Venoms
Hymenoptera
Ants
Honey
Bees
Venoms
Airway Obstruction
Bites and Stings
Hypotension
Insects
History

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  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Grant, J. A., Rahr, R., Thueson, D. O., Lett-Brown, M. A., Hokanson, J. A., & Yunginger, J. W. (1983). Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 72(4), 399-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-6749(83)90506-7

Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity. / Grant, J. Andrew; Rahr, Richard; Thueson, David O.; Lett-Brown, Michael A.; Hokanson, James A.; Yunginger, John W.

In: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol. 72, No. 4, 1983, p. 399-406.

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Grant, JA, Rahr, R, Thueson, DO, Lett-Brown, MA, Hokanson, JA & Yunginger, JW 1983, 'Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity', The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 399-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-6749(83)90506-7
Grant JA, Rahr R, Thueson DO, Lett-Brown MA, Hokanson JA, Yunginger JW. Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1983;72(4):399-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-6749(83)90506-7
Grant, J. Andrew ; Rahr, Richard ; Thueson, David O. ; Lett-Brown, Michael A. ; Hokanson, James A. ; Yunginger, John W. / Diagnosis of Polistes wasp hypersensitivity. In: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1983 ; Vol. 72, No. 4. pp. 399-406.
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