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Title: Latex allergy - A paediatric perspective
Authors: Lim, D.L. 
Keywords: Latex allergy
Issue Date: Jun-2002
Citation: Lim, D.L. (2002-06). Latex allergy - A paediatric perspective. Singapore Paediatric Journal 44 (2) : 55-59. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Latex allergy was first described in the paediatric population in 1989. The prevalence has been reported to be between 0.5-8.6 percent. Certain groups of children have been identified to be at higher risk. Clinical features can range from mild localised reactions to fatal anaphylaxis. The diagnosis of latex allergy is made in a patient when clinical symptoms of an IgE-mediated reaction to latex are supported by latex-specific IgE. Children at risk should routinely be identified and offered diagnostic testing, especially prior to certain medical or surgical procedures. Currently, the best treatment for latex allergy is strict avoidance. Other therapeutic modalities, like immunotherapy are still largely experimental.
Source Title: Singapore Paediatric Journal
ISSN: 02189941
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