Prevalence of Latex Sensitivity in Children Evaluated for Inhalant Allergy
Abstract:We prospectively examined 80 children referred to a university allergy/immunology clinic for evaluation for inhalant allergies to determine the prevalence of latex hypersensitivity in this group. All children were skin tested with a Multi-test® device to 35 inhalant allergens and a latex glove extract. Only one child gave a questionable history of latex sensitivity, but her skin test was negative. Three of 44 (6.8%) atopic children had a positive latex skin test (wheal >4mm); none of the 36 nonatopic children had a positive latex skin test. Two of the three children had a history of two or more surgical procedures but denied any clinical hypersensitivity reactions during surgery. Previous reports have demonstrated a personal history of atopy and of surgical procedures as risk factors for the development of latex hypersensitivity. This study helps verify these risk factors and should increase the awareness of this possible health hazard in this select group of children.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1992-05-01
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