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Caterpillars and moths: Part II. Dermatologic manifestations of encounters with Lepidoptera.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20082887     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Caterpillars and moths (order Lepidoptera) are uncommonly recognized causes of adverse cutaneous reactions, such as localized stings, papular dermatitis, and urticarial wheals. These reactions are typically mild and self-limited; however, in South America, the sting of Lonomia caterpillars can cause a potentially fatal hemorrhagic diathesis related to massive fibrinolysis. In addition, ocular inflammation and prominent arthralgias have been reported to be caused by caterpillar exposures. Therapies for mucocutaneous reactions to Lepidoptera are largely empiric, with the exception of antivenin against Lonomia obliqua envenomation. Part II of this two-part series on caterpillars and moths reviews the varied symptoms caused by Lepidopteran exposures, reviews the differential diagnosis, and discusses appropriate treatment algorithms.
Eric W Hossler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-19     Completed Date:  2010-02-18     Revised Date:  2010-04-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-28; quiz 29-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania 17822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Butterflies* / growth & development
Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*,  therapy
Insect Bites and Stings / etiology*,  therapy
Moths* / growth & development
Urticaria / etiology,  therapy
Erratum In:
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Apr;62(4):666

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