Advances in anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions to foods, drugs, and insect venom

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Abstract

This review highlights some of the research advances in anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions to foods, drugs, and insect venom that were reported primarily in this Journal from 2001 to 2002. Among the topics highlighted: epinephrine injected intramuscularly into the thigh provides the most efficient absorption profile for adults and children; determination of serum IgE antibody-specific food allergen concentrations and atopy patch tests with foods show promise for enhanced diagnostic accuracy; numerous food allergens are now characterized on the molecular level, allowing for improved diagnostic and treatment modalities; the complex immunologic mechanisms underlying drug hypersensitivity reactions are being elucidated; venom immunotherapy improves quality of life for sufferers, and increased venom immunotherapy doses are useful in recalcitrant cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S829-S834
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume111
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2003

Keywords

  • Allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Drug
  • Food
  • Hypersensitivity disorders
  • Insect venom

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