Which medications should be considered for skin testing in the evaluation of anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Importantly, although there are commercially available reagents for penicillin skin testing, skin testing for other beta-lactam antibiotics or the majority of other medications should be considered experimental because the haptenic determinants are unknown. Skin testing with the parent drug may be beneficial if the results are positive, but a negative result does not exclude the potential for severe clinical reactivity.


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