In this population-based retrospective analysis, researchers found that anaphylaxis was relatively uncommon (incidence 50 per 100,000 person-years), was not morbid (resulted in no deaths), and was most commonly caused by foods (33%), followed by insect stings (19%), and medications (14%). The trigger was unknown in 25%. A second recurrence occurred in 21%, and a third recurrence in 5%. This study can help us educate our patients presenting with anaphylaxis (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.