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Adverse Drug Reactions to Cephalosporins in Hospitalized Patients with a History of Penicillin Allergy

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Estimates on the cross-reactivity between cephalosporin and penicillin range from 1 to 16%. Patients with a history of penicillin allergy usually receive less optimal and more costly alternatives even if cephalosporins are a more viable alternative. One hundred eighty-six patients admitted to Winthrop University Hospital in a 7.5-month period, who reported penicillin allergy and received cephalosporin, were sent surveys. Eighty-three patients completed the survey and their charts were reviewed. Seven of 83 patients (8.4%) from a larger group of 186 penicillin-allergic patients developed a reaction to a cephalosporin. The exact 95% confidence interval is 3.5–16.6%. Six of seven (85.7%) penicillin-allergic patients who reacted to cephalosporin reported a definite history of an immediate reaction to penicillin, including hives. Only 1 of 62 (1.6%) patients who reported that their penicillin reaction was delayed, probable, or unknown had a cephalosporin reaction (p < 0.001). Thirty percent (3 of 10 patients) of penicillin-allergic patients, who received a second-generation cephalosporin, had a reaction, whereas 5.5% (4 of 73 patients) of those patients given only a first-, third-, and fourth-generation cephalosporin reacted (p < 0.04). None of those patients who received a fourth-generation cephalosporin reacted. Four of 15 (26.7%) patients who received a cephalosporin with an amino benzyl ring developed a reaction, as compared with 3 of 68 (4.4%) patients who received a cephalosporin without the ring (p < 0.02). Four patients with severe cephalosporin reactions had a rash, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, lightheadedness, and anaphylaxis. Patients who recall a definite history of an immediate type of penicillin allergy are more likely to develop a cephalosporin reaction compared with patients who reported a delayed, a probable, or an unknown penicillin reaction. Penicillin-allergic patients who receive second-generation cephalosporins, especially those with an amino benzyl side chain, are more likely to develop a reaction to cephalosporin. Although the incidence of reactions to cephalosporin in penicillin-allergic patients is low, those patients who reacted had more severe manifestations including anaphylaxis. Thus, continued caution regarding administration of cephalosporin, especially those with amino benzyl side chains, to patients who have a definite history of an immediate reaction to penicillin is advised.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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