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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 370-371

A costly sting! Preputial gangrene following a wasp sting

1 Department of Urology, Leighton Hospital, Crewe, United Kingdom
2 Department of Urology, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Vishwanath S Hanchanale
Research Fellow, Urology, Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 4QJ
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.29129

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Penile injuries due to bites and stings are under-reported. The extent of injury depends not only on the initial trauma but also on the secondary injuries due to toxins and bacterial infections transmitted by the bite. Wasp bites are on the increase worldwide as humans encroach on their habitat. We report a case of wasp bite to the preputial skin of the penis leading to severe phimosis, difficulty in micturition and localized gangrene requiring emergency circumcision. Analysis of such cases can provide important information on the determinants of severe morbidity that may then be used in injury prevention.

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