Membranous nephropathy after multiple Hymenoptera stings: a case report

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Membranous nephropathy after multiple Hymenoptera stings: a case report
Yuba Yoshio
Okubo Aiko
Yamashita Kazuomi
Mizuiri Sonoo
Nishizawa Yoshiko
Shigemoto Kenichiro
Shimizu Akira
Takao Masaki
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An association between Hymenoptera (bee and wasp) stings and nephrotic syndrome has been rarely reported. We report a case of nephrotic syndrome after multiple Hymenoptera stings, and membranous nephropathy was later diagnosed by a kidney biopsy. The patient was a 79-year-old woman who was stung by Hymenoptera at seven sites on her body. A weight gain of 3.7 kg was observed in the patient at 1 week after being stung, and she had considerable edema in both lower extremities. A urine protein concentration of 14.8 g/g creatinine and a serum albumin concentration of 1.7 g/dL led to the diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome. A percutaneous kidney biopsy 8 days after the Hymenoptera stings showed stage I membranous nephropathy. She was in complete remission 1 week after the administration of oral prednisolone 40 mg/day, which was started 14 days after Hymenoptera stings, and had no relapse of nephrotic syndrome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of biopsy-proven membranous nephropathy caused by Hymenoptera stings.
Hymenoptera sting
membranous nephropathy
nephrotic syndrome
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Date of Issued 2023-11-18
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