What is the most important aspect of outpatient follow-up after treatment of anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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The most important aspect of outpatient follow-up is evaluation by an allergist-immunologist. [47, 66, 46, 48] Skin testing and/or in vitro IgE tests for foods, stinging insects, medications, or latex should be performed as directed by the patient’s history. Documented hypersensitivity to latex is an indication for evaluation of possible allergy cross-reacting foods (eg, banana, kiwi, avocado). If the patient’s history and skin test or in vitro IgE tests results confirm Hymenoptera sensitivity as the probable cause of anaphylaxis, venom-specific immunotherapy should be initiated to significantly decrease the likelihood of future episodes.


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