Latex allergy, an IgE-mediated reaction to proteins retained in finished natural rubber latex products, has become one of the most pervasive problems in medicine. Latex allergy, which may result in systemic reactions including angioedema, brochospasm and anaphylaxis, is thought to be responsible for 70% of anaphylactic reactions in anesthetized children. Identification of latex-sensitive patients in the preoperative period will decrease intraoperative complications and lower morbidity and mortality. Latex-sensitive patients should wear a Medic Alert bracelet and at all times carry auto-injectable epinephrine with them. This article reviews the risks of latex allergy and the guidelines for prevention and management of the problem.
|Translated title of the contribution||Latex allergy|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health