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Food allergy masquerading as foreign body obstruction.
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PMID:  12602679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Allergic reactions to peanut and tree nuts can present as upper airway obstruction. OBJECTIVE: To increase awareness that food allergy should be considered in the differential diagnosis of upper airway obstruction in children. METHODS: We report an allergic reaction to cashew that was initially misdiagnosed as foreign body aspiration. RESULTS: When the presenting signs and symptoms of food allergy are limited to upper airway obstruction, they can be confused with foreign body aspiration. CONCLUSIONS: As peanuts and tree nuts are common causes of both food allergy and foreign body aspiration in children, both of these diagnoses should be considered in the differential diagnosis of airway obstruction.
Anh Dai K Nguyen; James E Gern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1081-1206     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol.     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-26     Completed Date:  2003-03-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503580     Medline TA:  Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Obstruction / diagnosis*,  etiology
Anacardium / adverse effects*
Diagnosis, Differential
Foreign Bodies / diagnosis*
Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis*,  etiology
Nut Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*,  etiology

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