Abstract THE MOUNT SINAI JOURNAL OF MEDICINE January/March 2002
Latex Allergy - Mt Sinai Journal of Medicine Jan/Mar 2002
BARBARA ZUCKER-PINCHOFF, M.D.1, AND GARY J. STADTMAUER, M.D.
IgE-mediated allergy to natural rubber latex is a new health hazard about which information has been evolving for the past decade. This sensitivity poses a particular threat to children with congenital malformations or a history of multiple surgical interventions, and to individuals with high workplace exposure, such as health care workers. The only currently available treatment is complete avoidance of latex, which may require a change of workplace and loss of career. Latex allergy can lead to chronic occupational asthma, anaphylaxis, and even death. Preventive measures must be taken, in part because no treatment is available. This article provides an overview of latex allergy, and recommends some measures that may prevent its continuing dissemination and reduce its life-threatening risk.