Insect sting anaphylaxis and beta-adrenergic blockade: A relative contraindication

L. E. Awai, Y. A. Mekori

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Severe anaphylaxis is reported in a bee venom-sensitive 31-year-old male while receiving propranolol. His anaphylactic reaction was mainly respiratory and was refractory to emergency treatment. We believe that his use of beta-blockers contributed to the severity of his anaphylaxis and refractoriness to treatment. We suggested that beta-blockers should be contraindicated or alternate medications used in hymenoptera allergic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-49
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Allergy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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