December 10, 1932


Author Affiliations

Fort Smith, Ark.

JAMA. 1932;99(24):2025-2026. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410760002010b

Wasp stings of the cornea are not of common occurrence. The American literature on this subject is relatively meager. The article by Yoshida,1 translated by S. R. Gifford, is perhaps the most complete. The foreign literature contains more reference to this subject, though it is by no means voluminous.

Lewin and Guillery2 and Zander and Geissler3 state that wasp stings of the cornea are more dangerous than those of the bee. Cases of death within ten minutes following the sting of the wasp have been reported. Kraupa4 concludes that there must be a chemical difference in the toxins formed by the two insects. Bee stings of the cornea, with case reports, have recently been reviewed by Young.5

The changes described in wasp stings of the cornea consist in the following points: There is a loss of corneal epithelium at the point of injury, surrounded by

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