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Year : 2014, Volume : 12, Issue : 3
First page : ( 59) Last page : ( 61)
Print ISSN : 0973-1970. Online ISSN : 0974-4487. Published online : 2014 September 1.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4487.2014.00876.1

Fatal anaphylaxis to pork: A case report

Jayanth S.H.1,*Assistant Professor, Chandra Y.P. Girish2Professsor and Head, Singh Yashwant Kumar3Tutor

1Department of Forensic Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, MSRIT Post, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-560054, India

2Department of Forensic Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, MSRIT Post, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-560054, India. girishchandra14@gmail.com

3Department of Forensic Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, MSRIT Post, MSR Nagar, Bangalore-560054, India. yashwantster@gmail.com

*(Corresponding author) email id: *veejay02@gmail.com;

Abstract

Food allergy is a common cause of anaphylaxis, which affects up to 10% of young children and 2–3% of adults, and its prevalence appears to be increasing constantly; however the precise incidence of food-induced fatal anaphylaxis among people is unknown. In the case of anaphylactic shock death is likely to occur rapidly and without any warning in seemingly healthy subjects. The lack of reliable laboratory biomarkers and common standard definitions of signs and symptoms makes it difficult for clinicians to diagnose a suspected anaphylactic event. Furthermore at autopsy the findings might hint at the allergic reaction, but classic manifestations may not be appreciated thereby making postmortem diagnosis of anaphylaxis difficult. Here we report one such case of death due to anaphylaxis in a young women with childhood history of allergy to pork.

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Keywords

Sudden death, Anaphylaxis, Food allergy, Pork, Serum trytase levels, IgE antibodies, Autopsy.

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