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      Minimal Change Glomerulonephritis following a Wasp Sting

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          We report the case of a young white male who developed the nephrotic syndrome after being stung by a wasp. A percutaneous renal biopsy was done revealing minimal change glomerulonephritis. The patient was treated with oral prednisone with resolution of proteinuria. Corticosteroids were gradually tapered, the patient did not experience a relapse, and remains in good health with normal renal function. Herein, we also include a review of the literature on wasp bite associated nephrotic syndrome in patients who underwent a renal biopsy.

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            Multiple African Honeybee Stings and Acute Renal Failure

            In 1956, the Brazilian government brought honeybees (Apis mellifera andansonii) from South Africa. A group of these bees crossed the Amazon and reached Venezuela where they have killed between 30 and 50 people in the last 4 years [1]. In 1993, we observed the first case of rhabdomyolysis, hepatic dysfunction and acute renal failure (ARF) following multiple stings by African bees (A. mellifera andansonii) in French Guiana.
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              Nephrotic Syndrome with Mesangial Proliferative Glomerulonephritis Induced by Multiple Wasp Stings

              We report the case of a young male who developed severe nephrotic syndrome within 2–3 weeks after being stung by 3 wasps. A percutaneous kidney biopsy specimen revealed mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis with occasional subepithelial deposits suggestive of early membranous nephropathy. The patient was treated with oral prednisone 60 mg/day with no significant clinical response after 4 weeks, at which point he was started on oral cyclophosphamide, 100 mg/day, while the prednisone dose was tapered to 20 mg every other day over a 2-week period. Six months after initiation of cyclophosphamide, he still has severe nephrotic syndrome. We also briefly review the literature on Hymenoptera sting associated nephrotic syndrome.
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                Journal
                AJN
                Am J Nephrol
                10.1159/issn.0250-8095
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                0250-8095
                1421-9670
                2001
                December 2001
                28 December 2001
                : 21
                : 6
                : 486-489
                Affiliations
                Departments of aMedicine and bPathology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La., USA
                Article
                46653 Am J Nephrol 2001;21:486–489
                10.1159/000046653
                11799266
                © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 2, Tables: 3, References: 21, Pages: 4
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                Categories
                Case Report

                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                Nephrotic syndrome, Wasp sting, Glomerulonephritis

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