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Risk factors for severe pediatric food anaphylaxis in Italy.
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PMID:  21929598     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To cite this article: Calvani M, Cardinale F, Martelli A, Muraro A, Pucci N, Savino F, Zappalà D, Panetta V, the Italian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (SIAIP) anaphylaxis' study group. Risk factors for severe pediatric food anaphylaxis in Italy. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2011; Doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3038.2011.01200.x ABSTRACT: Background:  Little is known about the cause of food-induced anaphylaxis in children or about the factors that might affect its clinical severity. Objective:  The aim of this study was to investigate the cause of food-induced anaphylaxis in children in Italy and to identify factors that could influence the appearance of symptoms and the severity of anaphylaxis. Methods:  One hundred and sixty-three children with anaphylaxis consecutively attending 29 outpatient allergy clinics throughout Italy were enrolled in this prospective study. Information about past anaphylaxis episodes was collected with a standardized questionnaire. Food sensitization was evaluated by skin-prick test. Results:  A clinical history of asthma increased the risk of wheezing [odds ratio (OR) 2.2; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.1-4.5] and respiratory arrest (OR 6.9; 95% CI 1.4-34.2). A clinical history of chronic/relapsing gastrointestinal symptoms increased the risk of vomiting (OR 2.1; 95% CI 0.9-4.3), hypotension (OR 7.9; 95% CI 1.9-32.0), and bradycardia/cardiac arrest (OR 9.2; 95% CI 0.9-91.3). The severity of present and previous episodes was similar only in patients with mild or moderate anaphylaxis. Peanut and egg were the most frequent causes of severe anaphylaxis. Conclusions:  A clinical history of asthma and chronic/relapsing gastrointestinal symptoms (probably linked to food allergy) may predict the development of respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms and the severity of anaphylaxis.
Mauro Calvani; Fabio Cardinale; Alberto Martelli; Antonella Muraro; Neri Pucci; Francesco Savino; Daniela Zappalà; Valentina Panetta;
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1399-3038     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9106718     Medline TA:  Pediatr Allergy Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Pediatrics, San Camillo de Lellis Hospital, Rome, Italy Department of Pediatrics, Clinica Pediatrica 1, University of Bari, Italy Department of Child & Maternal Medicine, Melloni Pediatria, University of Milan Medical School, Fatebenefratelli/Melloni Hospital, Milan, Italy Centre for Food Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment Veneto Region, Department of Pediatrics, University of Padua, Italy Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit, 'A. Meyer' Children Hospital, University of Florence, Italy Department of Pediatrics, Regina Margherita Children's Hospital, University of Turin, Italy Department of Pediatrics, Policlinico Umberto 1o, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy L'altrastatistica srl -Consultancy & Training, Biostatistics Office, Rome, Italy.
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