Occupational generalised urticaria and allergic airborne asthma due to anisakis simplex

Enrico Scala, Mauro Giani, Lia Pirrotta, Emma Cristina Guerra, Silvia Cadoni, Carlo René Girardelli, Ornella De Pità, Pietro Puddu

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Abstract

Anisakis simplex (AS), a fish and cephalopodes parasite, may cause allergic reactions in humans on eating and/or handling contaminated fish. We present a case of occupational hypersensitivity to AS in a woman employed in a frozen-fish factory. She showed both generalised urticarial rash and asthmatic symptoms after work place exposure. All these symptoms immediately disappeared after work place exposure was ceased. The presence of a positive skin prick test and high specific IgE values confirmed a hypersensitivity to anisakis. This is the first case reported of both occupational generalised urticaria and allergic airborne asthma due to AS in the same patient. We suggest that AS could be an important cause of occupational asthma and/or urticaria in the fish industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-250
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Dermatology
Volume11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • Airborne asthma
  • Anisakis simplex
  • Occupational hypersensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Scala, E., Giani, M., Pirrotta, L., Guerra, E. C., Cadoni, S., Girardelli, C. R., De Pità, O., & Puddu, P. (2001). Occupational generalised urticaria and allergic airborne asthma due to anisakis simplex. European Journal of Dermatology, 11(3), 249-250.