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January 10, 1986

One Pathologist Went to Mow, Went to Mow a Meadow....

Author Affiliations

Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis

JAMA. 1986;255(2):200. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370020042022

To the Editor.—  I would like to discuss a rare complication of mowing the lawn.

Report of a Case.—  A 43-year-old healthy male pathologist, while mowing his lawn one hot summer afternoon, dressed in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, discovered a wasps' nest by running over it with the lawn mower. A swarm of wasps attacked and stung him and he fled. He developed respiratory distress and chest pain and then collapsed in front of his home. He was resuscitated and recovered uneventfully, except for the development of the carpal tunnel syndrome in his right hand three days after the attack. He had been stung several times along the dorsum of the wrist, and the subsequent edema appears to have been the cause. The symptoms of hypesthesia in the first three digits and the pain and weakness resolved in ten days without surgical intervention.

Comment.—  Lazaro1 reported a case