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J Korean Surg Soc. 2011 Dec;81(Suppl 1):S30-S33. English. Case Report.
Lee W , Lee JH , Park DJ , Kim HH .
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.

Latex allergy is a known cause of allergic contact dermatitis. It produces mild symptoms, including skin rash and itching, which usually subside in a few days. However, latex allergy can also induce anaphylaxis, a severe type I hypersensitivity reaction that can cause urticaria, angioedema, hypotension, tachycardia, and bronchospasm. We report a case of anaphylactic shock during gastric cancer surgery in a patient with no previous allergic history. Surgery was suspended when hypotension, tachycardia, and wheezing developed. A thorough workup revealed that the patient had a latex allergy. The patient subsequently underwent curative gastrectomy performed with latex-free procedures.

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