Familial Anaphylaxis after Silkworm Ingestion
Department of Emergency Medicine
Herein, we present a case of anaphylaxis in multiple family members after ingesting silkworms, an Asian delicacy. While food allergies, including anaphylaxis are unfortunately common, there are no previous reports of multiple family members suffering an anaphylactic reaction after eating silkworms. In addition, both family members required multiple doses of epinephrine and eventually an epinephrine infusion to improve their blood pressures. All interventions, including the epinephrine infusions, were started by emergency medical services (EMS) with on-line medical direction. Both the reaction and the required treatment are not extensively documented in the medical literature.
anaphylaxis, epinephrine, silkworms
DOI of Published Version
Prehosp Emerg Care. 2017 Jan-Feb;21(1):83-85. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2016.1204035. Epub 2016 Jul 19. Link to article on publisher's site
Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors
Gautreau, Marc; Restuccia, Marc C.; Senser, Kevin; and Weisberg, Stacy N., "Familial Anaphylaxis after Silkworm Ingestion" (2017). Emergency Medicine Publications and Presentations. 94.