Title
Hymenoptera venom allergy Hymenoptera venom allergy
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
conferenceObject
Publication
Bologna :Medimond, [*]
Subject
Human medicine
Source (book)
Allergy Week 2003, November 15-19, 2003, Ghent, Belgium
ISBN
88-7587-017-9
ISI
000189443400003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
For most people, Hymenoptera stings produce only a transient and bothersome local inflammatory reaction charactcrised b pain, redness and swelling. However, for those who are allergic to components of the venom, a re-sting may cause life-threatening, even fatal, reactions. In such patients correct diagnosis is a prerequisite for effective management, i.e. specific venom immunotherapy (VIT) and generally consists of appropriate skin testing and quantification of venom-specific IgE-antibodies. In spite the high efficiency of properly administered VIT, the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the desensitisation process remain incompletely understood.
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