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In Australia Omalizumab an anti IgE monoclonal antibody is PBS listed for which condition:
a) Chronic idiopathic urticaria
c) Allergic rhinitis
d) Allergic asthma
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My colleague Dr Ari Murad has just published a new Clinical Immunology & Allergy Self Assessment book available via kindle or iBooks. This would be a good resource for anyone interested in learning advanced immunology:
An 8yr old girl suffers life threatening anaphylaxis after eating peanut butter for the second time. Of the following which is NOT part of a safe medical management plan?
a) Measurement of convalescent serum tryptase level
b) Measurement of peanut specific IgE
c) Strict peanut avoidance
d) Prescription of an adrenaline auto-injector
e) Subcutaneous immunotherapy to peanut
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Mastocytosis is a rare underlying condition in some patients with anaphylaxis and elevated tryptase. Learn more here:
Recently two Australians died after allegedly suffering from Scombroid food poisoning. This is a rare cause of food poisoning caused by eating spoiled fish. The toxin histidine in the fish is ingested and broken down into histamine, hence the poisoning resembles an allergic reaction.
“I want to appeal to parents of children with nut allergies to make sure their child always carries an EpiPen with them.”
An horrific account of a young woman who suffered fatal anaphylaxis to peanut after not being able to access an EpiPen.
What are the three most important drugs to use in anaphylaxis?
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/emma-sloan-dies-in-ireland-after-pharmacy-refuses-to-give-her-epipen-20131223-2ztn9.html#ixzz2oI4kiFlK