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Description of an Injury in a Human Caused by a False Tocandira (Dinoponera Gigantea, Perty, 1833) With a Revision on Folkloric, Pharmacological and Clinical Aspects of the Giant Ants of the Genera Paraponera and Dinoponera (Sub-Family Ponerinae)

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Description of an Injury in a Human Caused by a False Tocandira (Dinoponera Gigantea, Perty, 1833) With a Revision on Folkloric, Pharmacological and Clinical Aspects of the Giant Ants of the Genera Paraponera and Dinoponera (Sub-Family Ponerinae)

Vidal Haddad Junior et al. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo.

Abstract

The authors observed an injury caused by the sting of a false tocandira ant in the hand of an amateur fisherman and they describe the clinical findings and the evolution of the envenoming, which presented an acute and violent pain, cold sweating, nausea, a vomiting episode, malaise, tachycardia and left axillary's lymphadenopathy. About three hours after the accident, still feeling intense pain in the place of the sting, he presented an episode of great amount of blood in the feces with no history of digestive, hematological or vascular problems. The intense pain decreased after eight hours, but the place stayed moderately painful for about 24 hours. In that moment, he presented small grade of local edema and erythema. The authors still present the folkloric, pharmacological and clinical aspects related to the tocandiras stings, a very interesting family of ants, which presents the largest and more venomous ants of the world.

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