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Drug-induced eosinophilia

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Background:

Drug reactions have been associated with increased blood eosinophil levels.

Objective:

To review clinical characteristics, the diagnosis, and the management of drug-induced eosinophilia.

Methods:

Pertinent articles were selected and reviewed in relation to a case presentation of drug-induced eosinophilia.

Results:

A case of asymptomatic eosinophilia in the setting of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) use was presented, followed by discussion of the clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and management of drug-induced eosinophilia. Clinical pearls and pitfalls were reviewed for the practicing allergist, clinical immunologist, and fellow-in-training.

Conclusion:

Drug-induced eosinophilia is a diagnosis of exclusion. Although most cases of drug-induced eosinophilia are asymptomatic, one study showed an increased rate of hypersensitivity reactions in patients with higher eosinophil counts and earlier onset of eosinophilia.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Department of Hospital Medicine, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2: Department of Allergy and Immunology, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication date: May 1, 2018

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