Journal article

Epidemiology of anaphylaxis

Mimi LK Tang, Nicholas Osborne, Katrina Allen

CURRENT OPINION IN ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of allergic disorders has more than doubled in the last two decades leading to increased community concern and anxiety, and unprecedented demand for allergy-specialist services. However, although allergic reactions are common, anaphylaxis is uncommon and fatal anaphylaxis is rare. This review examines recent developments in the epidemiology of anaphylaxis, focusing on new information that may assist in identifying those at increased risk of severe reactions and adverse outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies suggest an increase in prevalence of anaphylaxis in industrialized countries. Examination of the demographic characteristics of anaphylaxis has reveal..

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