Reazioni al veleno d'imenotteri nel bambino: Vaccinare o non vaccinare?

Translated title of the contribution: Reactions to hymenoptera venom in children: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Meta Starc, Alessandro Ventura, Giorgio Longo

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Abstract

Hymenoptera venom allergy is a rare occurrence in children, so paediatricians are frequently unprepared and thus incapable of giving adequate answers. The allergy has usually a benign natural history: systemic reactions characterized only by cutaneous manifestation can either disappear completely, or maintain the same, low severity in case of following punctures. Severe systemic reactions presenting with respiratory and/or cardiocirculatory symptoms and/or laryngeal oedema, exceptionally fatal in paediatric age, are a strong indication for specific immunotherapy (SIT). There are three important reasons for this statement: contrary to common past belief, severe systemic reactions do not disappear rapidly after the paediatric age; SIT for hymenoptera venom is very effective and its effectiveness persists for years after suspension; affected patients' and families' quality of life is frequently lowered by the fear of new punctures and the prescription of adrenaline for auto-injection often worsens the fear instead of helping.

Translated title of the contributionReactions to hymenoptera venom in children: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalMedico e Bambino
Volume33
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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