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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 15(1); 2004 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2004;15(1): 54-55.
Anaphylaxis after Pet Hamster Bite
Tae Nyoung Chung, Yoo Sang Yoon, Jun Seok Park, In Cheol Park, Kwang Hyun Cho, Seung Ho Kim
Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. edksh@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
Anaphylaxis after an animal bite is uncommon. Especially, anaphylaxis after a hamster bite is very rare with only a few reported cases. A 19-year-old previously healthy female arrived complaining of respiratory difficulty, facial swelling and skin rash after her pet hamster bite. Her symptoms started 5 minutes after the bite and arrived 30 minutes after the incidence. Epinephrine, antihistamine and steroid were injected and her symptoms were relieved. She was discharged 3 hours after treatment with no other complications.
Key words: Anaphylaxis, Hamster, Bites and stings
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