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Drug Allergy

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Alexander Morzycki, Anuj Bhatia, Kieran Murphy
Imaging techniques frequently employ contrast agents to improve image resolution and enhance pathology detection. These gadolinium- and iodine-based media, although generally considered safe, are associated with a number of adverse effects ranging from mild to severe. Reactions are classified as either anaphylactoid ("anaphylaxis-like") or nonanaphylactoid, depending on a number of elements that will be reviewed. Herein, we have summarized predisposing risk factors for adverse events resulting from the use of contrast, their associated pathophysiological mechanisms as well as known prophylaxis for the antitreatment of high-risk patients...
October 13, 2016: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
Man-Ling Wang, Ching-Tao Chang, Hsing-Hao Huang, Yu-Chang Yeh, Tzong-Shiun Lee, Kuan-Yu Hung
IMPORTANCE: We report a patient with a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to a chlorhexidine-coated central venous catheter, confirmed with a high serum level of chlorhexidine-specific IgE. To our knowledge, this is the first case successfully resuscitated using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Great caution is required when using chlorhexidine and chlorhexidine-impregnated catheters, given that its widespread use has the potential to sensitize certain patients and may result in life-threatening anaphylaxis on subsequent exposure...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Ronit Confino-Cohen, Yossi Rosman, Idit Lachover, Keren Meir Shafrir, Arnon Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Immediate allergic reactions to β-lactam antibiotics are considered to be one of the most important drug hypersensitivities. A positive skin test (ST) with a combination of major and minor penicillin determinants is usually sufficient to recommend avoidance of the culprit drug, whereas a negative ST is usually followed by an oral challenge test (OCT). Recently, concern has been raised regarding the role of amoxicillin (AMX) ST in the diagnosis of AMX allergy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the additive value of AMX determinants in STs of patients with immediate hypersensitivity reactions to AMX or AMX-clavulanate (AMX-C)...
2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
Stephen C Dreskin, Neal A Halsey, John M Kelso, Robert A Wood, Donna S Hummell, Kathryn M Edwards, Jean-Christoph Caubet, Renata J M Engler, Michael S Gold, Claude Ponvert, Pascal Demoly, Mario Sanchez-Borges, Antonella Muraro, James T Li, Menachem Rottem, Lanny J Rosenwasser
BACKGROUND: Routine immunization, one of the most effective public health interventions, has effectively reduced death and morbidity due to a variety of infectious diseases. However, allergic reactions to vaccines occur very rarely and can be life threatening. Given the large numbers of vaccines administered worldwide, there is a need for an international consensus regarding the evaluation and management of allergic reactions to vaccines. METHODS: Following a review of the literature, and with the active participation of representatives from the World Allergy Organization (WAO), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), the final committee was formed with the purpose of having members who represented a wide-range of countries, had previously worked on vaccine safety, and included both allergist/immunologists as well as vaccinologists...
2016: World Allergy Organization Journal
Justin R Chen, Brett L Buchmiller, David A Khan
BACKGROUND: Aspirin desensitization followed by maintenance therapy effectively improves symptom control in patients with aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). The majority of current desensitization protocols use 3-hour dosing intervals and often require 2 to 3 days to complete. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated hourly dose escalations in a subset of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, and asthma who historically reacted to aspirin within 1 hour or were avoiding aspirin with the goal of developing a safe and efficient desensitization protocol...
November 2015: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Suk Yeon Kim, Joo Hee Kim, Young Sook Jang, Jeong Hee Choi, Sunghoon Park, Yong Il Hwang, Seung Hun Jang, Ki Suck Jung
The basophil activation test (BAT) has been suggested as a complementary method for diagnosing drug allergies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of this test in patients with drug-induced anaphylaxis. In total, 19 patients, all of whom had a history of moderate to severe anaphylaxis, were enrolled. None of the causative drugs had available in vitro tests or reliable skin tests; these drugs included, among others, first and second-generation cephalosporins, H2 blockers, and muscle relaxants...
November 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
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