What must be emphasized in the long-term monitoring following treatment of anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Future avoidance of culprit foods, medications, latex, or radiocontrast media must be emphasized. If a culprit medication is required in the future and no other alternatives are available, a desensitization procedure should be performed by the allergist/immunologist, usually in an ICU setting. If radiocontrast media are required in the future, a pretreatment protocol may be used. (See Prevention of Anaphylaxis.)

The patient must be provided a prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr, or Twinject) and instructed in its proper use.


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