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Pediatric allergy

Jaime S Rosa, Van B Vuong, Orly Haskin, Anne Y Liu
Background: Recombinant human erythropoietin, such as epoetin alfa and darbepoetin alfa, is an important therapy for anemia due to chronic renal failure. Allergy to recombinant human erythropoietin and the need for desensitization are rare. Case presentation: We report here a novel epoetin alfa outpatient desensitization protocol in a girl who developed delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity to subcutaneous epoetin alfa and intravenous darbepoetin alfa. An initial attempt at traditional epoetin alfa desensitization failed, so we created a slower 17-day outpatient desensitization that succeeded and allowed treatment continuation...
2018: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Jessica L Peck, E Katherine Larson, Stacy K Silvers
The prevalence of food allergy has risen dramatically in the last two decades. Primary care providers encounter food-allergic children on a daily basis. Although the standard of care has traditionally been strict avoidance of the allergen and advisement to carry an epinephrine autoinjector in case of an accidental exposure resulting in a severe reaction, food allergy research has progressed in the past decade concerning various immunotherapies that may provide an alternate treatment strategy. Oral immunotherapy (OIT), performed under the supervision of an allergist, is the most widely studied of these therapies...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Francesco Ceppi, Julie Rivers, Colleen Annesley, Navin Pinto, Julie R Park, Catherine Lindgren, Stephanie Mgebroff, Naomi Linn, Meghan Delaney, Rebecca A Gardner
BACKGROUND: The first step in the production of chimeric antigen receptor T cells is the collection of autologous T cells using apheresis technology. The procedure is technically challenging, because patients often have low leukocyte counts and are heavily pretreated with multiple lines of chemotherapy, marrow transplantation, and/or radiotherapy. Here, we report our experience of collecting T lymphocytes for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell manufacturing in pediatric and young adult patients with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or neuroblastoma...
March 13, 2018: Transfusion
Philippe A Eigenmann
Skin diseases related to allergy are common in childhood and pediatric allergists are commonly faced with atopic eczema, treatment schemes for which include calcineurin inhibitors: commonly used topical drugs which control inflammatory skin flares. In the first review of this issue, Nakahira et al provide mechanistic insights, among others, into modulation of the immune response by tacrolimus (1). Prevention of atopic eczema is addressed by Wickens et al. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Li-Fen Yang, Liang-Ming Cai, Ming Li, Jin-Tao Liu, Zhao-Ni Wang, Wei-Hao Wang, Qin-Tai Yang, Zhuang-Gui Chen
Objective: To investigate the alterative spectrum and trends of aeroallergens sensitization in children with allergic rhinitis (AR) in Guangzhou, China in the past 10 years. Participants and methods: In this retrospective study, 4,111 children with complaints of nasal hyper-reactivity who visited the Pediatric Department and/or Otolaryngology Department from January 2007 to November 2016 were enrolled. Serum specific immunoglobulin E was measured and positive detection was made in 3,328 patients, who were, therefore, diagnosed with AR...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Kemal Sasaki, Tomoko Nakagawa, Shiro Sugiura, Motohiro Ebisawa, Komei Ito
BACKGROUND: The unintentional usage of adrenaline auto-injectors may cause injury to caregivers or patients. To prevent such incidents, we assessed the causative factors of these incidents. METHODS: The Anaphylaxis Working Group of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology requested that society members register cases in which adrenaline auto-injectors were unintentionally used. One hundred cases were reported from June 2015 to March 2016...
March 5, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Nattachai Anantasit, Noramon Nuntacharruksa, Pimpin Incharoen, Aroonwan Preutthipan
Introduction: Invasive' pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) has been one of the major causes of mortality in immunocompromised patients. The gold standard method for a diagnosis of IPA is histopathological examination of the lung tissue; however, post-procedural bleeding limits the feasibility of lung biopsy. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Invasive Fungal Infections Cooperative Group and The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Mycoses Study Group (EORTC/MSG) defined IPA...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Nissreen Mohammad, Vishal Avinashi, Edmond Chan, Bruce A Vallance, Elodie Portales-Casamar, Jonathan W Bush
OBJECTIVE: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is considered a TH2-mediated food allergy disease that leads to submucosal esophageal fibrosis and strictures. Recent studies focused on adults with EoE identified a strong association with elevated esophageal IgG4 immunostaining. Our study aimed to determine the association of IgG4 with EoE in pediatric patients. METHODS: Using our local EoE research registry, we identified 41 adequate biopsies from EoE patients. We used 10 age- and sex-matched patients with no diagnostic abnormalities at endoscopy or on biopsy...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Alexander K C Leung, Benjamin Barankin, Kin Fon Leong
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcal-scalded skin syndrome (SSSS), also known as Ritter disease, is a potentially life-threatening disorder and a pediatric emergency. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative to reduce the morbidity and mortality of this condition. The purpose of this article is to familiarize physicians with the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of SSSS. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was completed in Clinical Queries using the key terms "Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome" and "Ritter disease"...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Roberta Barachetti, Elisabetta Villa, Mario Barbarini
The introduction of solid food is necessary for any infant in order to provide adequate nutrition because when they grow up milk is insufficient for their nutritional needs. Infants born preterm have increased nutritional requirements. The high nutrient demands as well as the organ immaturity of preterm infants combine to render it difficult to achieve dietary intakes that will allow preterm infants to match their in utero growth rates. Current guidelines for the introduction of solid food to term infants cannot be directly translated to preterm infants...
December 22, 2017: La Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica: Medical and Surgical Pediatrics
Daniel Martinho-Dias, Bernardo Sousa-Pinto, Júlio Botelho-Souza, António Soares, Luís Delgado, João Almeida Fonseca
We performed a MeSH term-based bibliometric analysis aiming to assess the publication trends of EAACI journals, namely Allergy, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (PAI) (from 1990 to 2015) and Clinical and Translational Allergy (CTA) (from its inception in 2011 to 2015). We also aimed to discuss the impact of the creation of CTA in the publication topics of Allergy and PAI. We analysed a total of 1973 articles and 23,660 MeSH terms. Most MeSH terms in the three journals fell in the category of "basic immunology and molecular biology" (BIMB)...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
A B de Sá, L C Oliveira, R Camilo, F F Pierotti, D Solé
Background. Microarray technique employing molecular allergens is pointed out as a new method to evaluate allergic patients. Objective. To evaluate if microarray technique (ImmunoCAP-ISAC®; I-ISAC®) is similar to fluorescence enzyme immunoassay (FEIA; ImmunoCAP®) in the diagnosis of latex allergy (specific IgE to latex plus symptoms) and latex sensitization (only antibody) in pediatric (9-mo to 14-yrs) patients with myelomeningocele undergone to surgical repair. Methods. Patients underwent skin prick testing (SPT) to latex and food (prick to prick), and dosage of serum specific IgE to latex and recombinant latex allergens (rHev b 1, rHev b 3, rHev b 5, rHev b 6...
January 15, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Jaime Hopper, Courtney Hopp, Jessica Durbin
The prevalence of food allergies has doubled in the past 10 years. Peanut allergies are a significant public health issue and are the primary reason for food-related anaphylactic reactions that result in death. Evidence supports that early introduction of the peanut protein (or in combination with immunotherapy) to the highly allergic may safely desensitize patients, which could lead to less adverse allergic reactions and alter allergy management overall.
March 12, 2018: Nurse Practitioner
Hampus Kiotseridis, Peter Arvidsson, Vibeke Backer, Vagn Braendholt, Alf Tunsäter
Respiratory allergic disease represents a global health problem, 30% of the population suffers from allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and 20% suffer from asthma. Allergy immunotherapy induce immunological tolerance and thereby modify the response to allergens and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) offers the possibility of home administration of allergen therapy, but adherence is more uncertain. The aim of the study was to investigate the adherence with GRAZAX in adults and children ≥ 5 years during three consecutive years of treatment...
February 12, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Kazuhiro Uda, Kensuke Shoji, Chitose Koyama-Wakai, Munehiro Furuichi, Noriyasu Iwase, Seiichiro Fujisaki, Shinji Watanabe, Isao Miyairi
BACKGROUND: Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus infections often manifest severe respiratory symptoms, particularly in patients with a past history of allergic disease. Most of these findings were reported during the 2009 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to detail the clinical characteristics of influenza virus-induced lower respiratory infection (LRI) during the A(H1N1)pdm09-predominant 2015-2016 season. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics of influenza-induced LRI cases in children admitted to a tertiary children's hospital...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Roxane Labrosse, Louis Paradis, Jonathan Lacombe, Kathryn Samaan, François Graham, Jean Paradis, Philipps Bégin, Anne Des Roches
BACKGROUND: Penicillin allergy is the most frequent drug allergy, among which aminopenicillins are reputed for causing delayed rashes in children, particularly in the context of viral infections. Despite a negative allergy evaluation, a significant proportion of individuals continue to avoid penicillin antibiotics for fear of an allergic reaction. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a five-day challenge to amoxicillin and the proportion of subsequent use of amoxicillin...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
H Thomson, R Seith, S Craig
BACKGROUND: Pediatric anaphylaxis is commonly misdiagnosed in the Emergency Department (ED). We aimed to determine the impact of inaccurate diagnosis on the management and follow-up of pediatric anaphylaxis presenting to the ED. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of ED management of children aged 0-18 years with allergic presentations to three EDs in Melbourne, Australia in 2014. Cases were included if an ED diagnosis of anaphylaxis was recorded, or the presentation met international consensus criteria for anaphylaxis...
February 7, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
A Alvarez-Perea, P Cabrera-Freitag, V Fuentes-Aparicio, S Infante, L Zapatero, J M Zubeldia
BACKGROUND: Food allergy heavily impairs quality of life. Avoiding the offending food requires extensive patient education. Social media have been proven a useful source of information for other chronic conditions. Our aim was to describe how pediatric patients with food allergy and their families are using social media. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study in the Pediatric Allergy Unit of a third-level hospital. Patients with food allergy were surveyed about their disease and the use of social media...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
Eileen J Carter, William G Greendyke, E Yoko Furuya, Arjun Srinivasan, Alexa N Shelley, Aditi Bothra, Lisa Saiman, Elaine L Larson
BACKGROUND: There is a growing recognition of the need to partner with nurses to promote effective antibiotic stewardship. In this study, we explored the attitudes of nurses and infection preventionists toward 5 nurse-driven antibiotic stewardship practices: 1) questioning the need for urine cultures; 2) ensuring proper culturing technique; 3) recording an accurate penicillin drug allergy history; 4) encouraging the prompt transition from intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) antibiotics; and 5) initiating an antibiotic timeout...
January 30, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
E Lee, K Jeong, J Lee, S Lee
BACKGROUND: Hypersensitivity reactions to pine nuts in children have been occasionally encountered recently, although reports on pine nut allergy cases are rare worldwide. The study aimed to feature clinical and laboratory findings pertaining to pine nut allergy in Korean children. METHODS: Forty-two subjects were enrolled through a retrospective review of medical records, from September 2010 to December 2015, at the Department of Pediatrics in Ajou University Hospital...
January 27, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
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