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Anaphylaxis to Skin Prick Testing in a 29-Year-Old Woman

Author(s): Caroline J. Lodge | Shyamali C. Dharmage | Rida U. Khalafzai | Michael J. Abramson | David J. Hill | Cliff S. Hosking | Katrina J. Allen

Journal: International Journal of Clinical Medicine
ISSN 2158-284X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 06;
Start page: 559;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Anaphylaxis | Skin Prick Testing

Introduction: Skin prick testing (SPT) is a common test to diagnose IgE sensitization and the rate of adverse reactions is very low. Case Presentation: 29-year-old woman with anaphylactic reaction to routine SPT with 11 allergens (aero and food). Discussion: Allergy profile included multiple food and inhalant allergies, polysensitization, prior episode of anaphylaxis to mushrooms, active eczema and active hay fever but not active asthma. Conclusion: Anaphylaxis to SPT, although a rare event, is unpredictable necessitating availability of appropriate personnel and adequate resuscitation facilities for all testing.
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