Non fatal anaphylactic reaction to skin prick test with inhalant allergens: Two clinical cases

G. L. Marseglia, M. Grignani, P. Civallero, D. Caimmi, Giorgio Ciprandi

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Abstract

Allergy skin tests is an easy, specific and inexpensive way to test subjects for allergies and, also, it is usually carried out with no problems. In this study we describe a systemic anaphylactic reaction after skin prick test due to inhalant allergens in a 13 year-old child and in a 55 year-old nurse. Skin prick tests were performed with inhalant standardized allergen extracts. The close relationship between skin prick testing and systemic reaction occurrence evidenced that the reaction was due to the allergens. The allergic nature of the reaction was evidenced both by high tryptase levels and quick resolution after appropriate treatment. In conclusion skin prick test must be performed only in presence of trained medical doctors, in a setting where safety precautions are always optimal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-166
Number of pages2
JournalItalian Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume17
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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Keywords

  • Allergy
  • Anaphylactic reaction
  • Skin prick test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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