Anaphylactic reaction during anaesthesia associated with positive intradermal skin test to fentanyl

Michael J. Bennett, Lee K. Anderson, J. Clifford McMillan, J. Mark Ebertz, Jon M. Hanifin, Carol A. Hirshman

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A 29 year-old female patient suffered vascular collapse which became apparent immediately after general anaesthesia. Resuscitation was prolonged and difficult, and complicated by the need for reoperation. Based on the time history, fentanyl was suspected as the causative agent. Fentanyl allergy was confirmed by skin testing one month later. The case is discussed, and the possible reasons for the delay in appearance of symptoms and signs are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Anaesthetists' Society Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986



  • allergy
  • analgesics
  • complications
  • fentanyl
  • fentanyl anaphylaxis
  • hypotension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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