A new onset of systemic lupus erythematosus developed after bee venom therapy

Young Hee Rho, Jin Hyun Woo, Seong Jae Choi, Young Ho Lee, Jong Dae Ji, Gwan Gyu Song

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    Abstract

    Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease of an unknown origin, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be triggered by numerous stimuli. Bee venom therapy is an alternative therapy that is believed to be effective for various kinds of arthritis. We present here a case of a 49-year-old female who experienced a new onset lupus after undergoing bee venom therapy, and this looked like a case of angioedema. The patient was successfully treated with high dose steroids and antimalarial drugs. We discuss the possibility of bee venom contributing to the development of SLE, and we suggest that such treatment should be avoided in patients with lupus.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)283-285
    Number of pages3
    JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Angioedema
    • Bee venoms
    • Lupus erythematosus, systemic

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Internal Medicine

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