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Safety of intradermal skin tests for inhalants and foods: a prospective study.
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PMID:  23044726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Intradermal skin testing is a useful allergy diagnostic tool. Although considered safe when properly performed, systemic reactions have been reported. This is the first large, prospective study to record and evaluate all systemic reactions from intradermal skin testing (IDT) to inhalant or food antigens. METHODS: A 24-month prospective study by 40 physician practices, recording all IDT tests, including reactions, symptoms, severity, time after injection, and reaction treatments. RESULTS: Eighty systemic reactions (22 major) occurred among 20,530 patients (878,583 wheals). Nine had epinephrine treatment, 4 were observed in an emergency department, and there were no hospitalizations or fatalities. The overall systemic reaction risk was 0.009%. The risk of having a major reaction was 0.003%, or 1 reaction per 933 patients. CONCLUSION: Intradermal skin tests for inhalants or foods, when performed with appropriate precautions, have a safety profile comparable to skin prick tests.
Bruce R Gordon; David S Hurst; John A Fornadley; Darrell H Hunsaker
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  International forum of allergy & rhinology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2042-6984     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Forum Allergy Rhinol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101550261     Medline TA:  Int Forum Allergy Rhinol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 ARS-AAOA, LLC.
Department of Otolaryngology, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA; Department of Laryngology and Otology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA.
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