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March 25, 1998

Prevention and Management of Latex Allergy—Reply

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JAMA. 1998;279(12):911. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-12-jbk0325

In Reply.—Dr Reddy emphasizes that exposure and sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) allergens in gloves and medical devices have resulted in many cases of occupational asthma and allergic contact dermatoses among health care workers. High sensitization rates to NRL have also been documented in nonworker populations of children with spina bifida who have experienced repetitive mucosal exposures to NRL allergens via rubber urinary catheter devices1; such sensitized patients are at high risk for intraoperative anaphylaxis and must undergo surgical procedures in latex "safe" environments.

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