Patient Case: Disappointment in the Garden

Shared by an Italian physician who specializes in Family Medicine

A 48-year-old man who has previously been in very good condition comes in to the doctor’s office reporting that he has been bitten one hour before on his third finger of his right hand by an insect in the garden.

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During the visit, the finger showed slight local edema, but there were no other signs of reaction. The pain started about 30 minutes after being bitten, but was fading. Towards the end of the visit, the man claimed to have sudden retrosternal pain associated with sweating and transient loss of consciousness.

 

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