BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hypersensitivity (HS) reactions to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in children is complex. The real prevalence of NSAID HS remains unknown because a drug provocation test (DPT) is not always performed with the culprit NSAID.
OBJECTIVE: To describe and compare the diagnostic workup among different European centers and to find out the real proportion of NSAID HS by performing a DPT with the culprit drug.
METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from children (0-10 years) and adolescents (10-18 years) with a history of NSAID reactions and who underwent a complete allergy workup including DPTs with the culprit in 6 different pediatric centers: Belgrade, Florence, Geneva, Madrid, Porto, and Rome.
RESULTS: A total of 693 children with a history of NSAID reactions were enrolled, and a total of 526 DPTs were performed with the culprit NSAID. The diagnosis of NSAID HS was confirmed in 19.6% (103 of 526) of children by performing a DPT with the culprit drug. The major differences in the allergy workup among the 6 centers concerned the duration of the DPT and the practical use of skin tests for diagnosing NSAID HS. In addition, the use of acetyl salicylic acid to differentiate single reactor or cross-intolerance patients is not common, except in Spain.
CONCLUSION: The value of this study is that although different approaches are used around Europe to diagnose NSAID HS, we found that the percentage of confirmed NSAID HS is less than 20%. This highlights the importance of the DPT in confirming or excluding NSAID HS in the pediatric population.
|Journal||Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Nov 27 2019|