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Fatal anaphylaxis: what are the risks?

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The UK media recently reported two tragic cases involving death from anaphylaxis, both involving food from a high-street retail chain (; One of these was a child. The publication of a wide-ranging review of fatal anaphylaxis is therefore timely (Pouessel G et al. Clin Exp Allergy 2018. doi: 10.1111/cea.13287). They analysed and compared 32 different studies which reported epidemiological and risk factor data from 9 countries, in children and adults.

In spite of public perceptions, anaphylaxis deaths remain rare: less than 1 per million population per year for all causes, of which only 0.03 to 0.3/million/year are food-related. …

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