Drone larvae are mostly considered a by-product of beekeeping, but have recently been advocated as a high-protein source of food. There are as yet no data concerning their allergenic potential.
We report on a 29-year old bee keeper who experienced an anaphylactic reaction fol-lowing the consumption of a freshly prepared beverage from raw drone larvae. Lar-vae-specific sensitization was confirmed by prick-to-prick and basophil activation test-ing. Bee stings and classical bee products including honey and royal jelly were tolerat-ed.
This is the hitherto first report on IgE-mediated allergy to drone larvae. We suggest that a certain awareness towards the allergenicity of bee larvae is required.
venom; honey; royal jelly; propolis; beekeeping
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Stoevesandt J, Trautmann A. Freshly squeezed: anaphylaxis caused by drone larvae juice. Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;50(5):232-234. doi:10.23822/EurAnnACI.1764-1489.43