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Anaphylaxis: two cases and discussion

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Dr Bernadette Nzekwu (MBBS, BSc), Dr Samantha James (MBBS), Dr Raj Byreddy (MBBS, FCARCSI)
Foundation Years Journal, volume 9, issue 9, p.6 (123Doc Education, London, October 2015)


Anaphylaxis is an acute and potentially life threatening condition with
systemic reactions. It is a medical emergency that foundation doctors are
likely to deal with. Prompt recognition and management is critical. We
describe two case reports of patients that developed anaphylaxis with
different presentations and progression. The first case demonstrates a patient
who developed anaphylaxis under general anaesthesia and the second
describes a case of food-triggered anaphylaxis.

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Dr Bernadette Nzekwu (MBBS, BSc)

Anaesthetics ST3
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon Hospital
Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Dr Samantha James (MBBS)

Anaesthetics CT2
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon Hospital
Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Dr Raj Byreddy (MBBS, FCARCSI) (Corresponding author)

Consultant Anaesthetist
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon Hospital
Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL


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