Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after bee sting

Boz C., Velioglu S., Omenoglu M.

NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol.23, no.6, pp.313-315, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s100720300007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.313-315
  • Keywords: acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, bee sting, OPTIC NEURITIS
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) usually follows a viral infection or an immunization and is thought to be an immunomediated disease. We describe a patient with ADEM after multiple yellow jacket bee stings. The patient recovered after treatment with a high dose of methylprednisolone. Although the pathologic mechanism exact remains unclear, potential cross-reactivity between bee toxins and the central nervous system myelin could induce demyelination. ADEM should be considered a rare complication of bee stings.