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

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

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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 21



  • Angioedema
  • Bee venoms
  • Lupus erythematosus, systemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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