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Experience with a new commercial skin testing kit to identify IgE-mediated penicillin allergy

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Many patients who describe a history of allergy to penicillin do not prove to be allergic and can be treated safely with penicillin. After a period of 2 years where testing of penicillin allergy was not possible, a new commercial kit has recently become available. We report our initial experience with use of the kit with 29 patients and discuss one patient who experienced anaphylaxis during i.d. testing.

Keywords: cephalosporin allergy; major determinant; minor determinant; penicillin allergy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred Hospital

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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