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A Fatal Case of Anaphylactic Shock During Paragliding.
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PMID:  22563914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
  The growth in popularity of flying ultralight aircraft and paragliding has been associated with an increased involvement of Emergency Medical Services because of various types of trauma suffered from both inexperienced and skilled individuals. This case presentation reports on a paraglider pilot, who was seen spinning "unusually" rapidly toward the ground, without visible attempts to regain control of the aircraft. Besides the bilateral mydriasis and the absence of any ECG activity, there was a significant swelling of face, lips, neck, and tongue. Upon opening the mouth, a dead bee was found over the tongue, underneath the palate. A fatal anaphylactic shock was the likely cause of death of the pilot while still "in mid-air." This case is certainly different from the commonly reported accidents during paragliding. An updated review of the medical literature shows no reported cases of fatal anaphylactic shock during the practice of paragliding.
Feltracco Paolo; Barbieri Stefania; Galligioni Helmut; Pasin Laura; Gaudio R Maria; Tommasi Aurelio; Zucchetto Alessandro; Trevisiol Paride; Ori Carlo; Avato F Maria
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Padova, Via Cesare Battisti 257, 35100 Padova, Italy. Department of Legal Medicine, University of Ferrara, Via Fossalto Mortara 70, 44121 Ferrara, Italy. Emergency Medical Service, 118 Via Montegrappa 17, 31014 Crespano del Grappa, Treviso, Italy.
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