Investigation of perioperative hypersensitivity reactions: an update

Birgitte Louise Bech Melchiors, Lene Heise Garvey

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an update on how best to manage the investigation of suspected perioperative hypersensitivity reactions based on recent literature and key publications.

RECENT FINDINGS: In the past two years, several very important initiatives have been taken in the field of perioperative hypersensitivity. The 6th national audit project in the United Kingdom has provided new knowledge through a series of studies, including a nationwide prospective study, and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has commissioned a position paper with updated recommendations for investigations. Lastly, a large international working group comprising experts in anesthesiology, allergology, and immunology, the International Suspected Perioperative Allergic Reactions group, has published a series of articles providing updates and new insights into several different key areas of perioperative hypersensitivity.

SUMMARY: The investigation of perioperative hypersensitivity reactions is highly complex and aims to identify the correct culprit to ensure future avoidance but also to disprove allergy to other suspected culprits, making them available for subsequent anesthesia. To achieve this, close collaboration between anesthesiologists and allergists is called upon to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCurrent Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)338-345
Antal sider8
ISSN1528-4050
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2020

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