Allergic & Immunologic Emergencies

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Allergic & Immunologic Emergencies

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Anaphylaxis Recognition and management

Typical reactions with skin manifestations (urticaria) plus cardiovascular or respiratory involvement are easily diagnosed. However, some reactions are atypical and recognised only when the diagnosis is considered because of the context. A sudden onset of symptoms affecting two or more organ systems or just hypotension on its own, even without skin involvement, should trigger consideration of the diagnosis in the right context, ie. recent exposure to a potential allergen or stimulant...

Anaphylaxis must be considered as a possible cause in any case of acute respiratory distress, bronchospasm, hypotension and/or cardiac arrest.

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 Anaphylaxis Recognition and management

Anaphylaxis is a rapid onset, multisystem hypersensitivity reaction. The diagnosis is usually straightforward, but may be difficult when skin signs are absent.

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