Clinical Observation
April 27, 1998

Survival After Massive (>2000) Africanized Honeybee Stings

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital de Especialidades Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Mexico City, Mexico.


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Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(8):925-927. doi:10.1001/archinte.158.8.925

We report the clinical case of a man who survived a massive attack of Africanized bees (> 2000 bee stings). The man experienced anaphylactic shock and multisystem organ failure (neurologic, hepatic, renal, and hematologic failure). He was treated with administration of dopamine hydrochloride, antihistaminic agents, corticosteroids, fluid and electrolyte replenishment, peritoneal dialysis, and plasmapheresis. No sequelae have been observed during follow-up.