Anaphylaxis in pediatric population: A 1-year survey on the Medical Emergency Service in Liguria, Italy

Silvano Ruffoni, Salvatore Barberi, Luca Bernardo, Francesca Ferrara, Andrea Furgani, Maria Angela Tosca, Irene Schiavetti, Giorgio Ciprandi

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Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening, generalized, or systemic hypersensitivity reaction. The diagnosis is mainly based on a clinical ground. This study aimed to evaluate the records of both phone calls and medical visits for anaphylaxis managed by the Liguria Medical Emergency Service (MES) in a pediatric population, occurred during 2013. The phone call is managed at each center and classified according to a level of care intensity and a presumed level of criticality, according to established criteria. Criticality is then re-evaluated (detected criticality) at the end of the medical visit following the same score adding the black code for patients who died. Most of the phone calls (86) to the MES were recorded in summer (40.7%), followed by spring (26.7%), autumn (16.3%), and winter (16.3%). Forty-eight patients (55.8%) were male. Anaphylaxis was confirmed in about half of patients. In addition, almost all subjects (97.7%) were referred to the Emergency Room. In conclusion, the present study shows that anaphylaxis represents a serious and relevant medical problem in the pediatric population and should be ever carefully managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-594
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


  • anaphylaxis
  • calls
  • children
  • medical emergency service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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