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Prevention of reactions with agents other than antivenom

Posted by sjaysinghe on 13 May 2011 at 07:31 GMT

This is an excellent study and the authors should be congratulated for doing it in a research setting in Sri Lanka.
I see an immediate relevance of these findings in other clinical situations.
The paper focuses primarily on anti-snake venom. In clinical practice, there are numerous instances where allergies are die to a similar pathway (i.e. IgE mediated). Examples include drug allergies and reactions to transfusions. Therefore, these findings could be extrapolated and used in other instances too: For example, blood transfusion in persons with a a past history of allergic reactions. Or, when giving IV antibiotics to persons with a history of drug allergies.

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