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Reported latex allergy in dental patients.
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PMID:  11862201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to alert doctors of dental surgery to the possibility of latex sensitivity in both outpatients and inpatients. STUDY DESIGN: The study involved 2 groups: group A was composed of 21 subjects with a history of immediate reaction in dental environment; group B was composed of 24 healthy individuals. Patients underwent skin prick tests with common inhalant allergens, with latex cross-reacting foods, with a commercial extract of non-ammoniated latex, and the incremental challenge test with local anesthetics. Specific IgE to latex and to latex cross-reacting foods were measured with the fluorescent enzyme immunoassay. RESULTS: All patients in group A and none in group B were latex-allergic. Subjects who were latex-allergic were significantly more likely to be atopic and had positive IgE test to cross-reactive foods. CONCLUSIONS: Dentists and people working in a dental surgery environment must obtain detailed patient history to help identify individuals at risk of latex allergy or those actually allergic to latex. If an allergy exists, equipment used should be made of alternative materials.
Eustachio Nettis; Maria Cristina Colanardi; Antonio Ferrannini; Alfredo Tursi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics     Volume:  93     ISSN:  1079-2104     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-25     Completed Date:  2002-06-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508562     Medline TA:  Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Medical Clinic, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of Bari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Cross Reactions
Dental Equipment / adverse effects*
Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis,  etiology
Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis,  etiology
Immunoglobulin E / immunology
Latex Hypersensitivity / diagnosis,  etiology*
Medical History Taking
Middle Aged
Radioallergosorbent Test
Skin Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
37341-29-0/Immunoglobulin E

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