Table 1

Summary of clinical and postmortem findings

Group 1 (venom)Group 2 (food)Group 3 (drugs)Total
Male:female11:85:116:1522:34
Age in years, median (range)64 (28–85)20 (13–53)63 (7–76)52 (7–85)
Minutes from contact to anaphylaxis, median (range)20 (5–120)30 (17–127)5 (1–120)20 (1–127)
Immediate deaths16131039
Delayed deaths331117
Cutaneous erythema/oedema1203
Upper airway oedema610723
Mucous plugging of bronchi and/or hyperinflation75315
Petechial haemorrhages45110
Pulmonary congestion and/or oedema1491841