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September 1965

Penicillin Sensitivity

Author Affiliations


From the Section of Allergy-Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;92(3):271-275. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600150061010

The results obtained in this study indicate that there are various patterns of hypersensitivity to penicillin. In order to detect these variations it is suggested that two antigens, penicillin and penicilloylpolylysine, be employed to test for both serum and skin sensitivity. Absolutely accurate predictions cannot be made from these tests, but it is felt that their use will minimize untoward reactions of the anaphylactic type in patients thus screened for penicillin allergy.

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