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Rare mimic of recurrent anaphylaxis
  1. Carlo Yuson,
  2. Frank Kette,
  3. Pravin Hissaria and
  4. William Smith
  1. Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carlo Yuson, chinoyuson{at}


The distinction between true anaphylaxis and conditions that mimic it can be challenging. We present the unique case of a 23-year-old woman treated for recurrent episodes of anaphylaxis over the course of 11 years and the subsequent discovery of an unlikely condition. We also discuss our approach in managing cases where an anaphylactic mimic is suspected.

  • allergy, asthma
  • screening (oncology)
  • immunology
  • emergency medicine
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
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  • Contributors All authors have significantly contributed to this manuscript. CY, FK, PH and WS were involved in the planning of the manuscript, as all were involved in managing the case. FK, PH and WS identified the salient points that should be featured in the manuscript. CY wrote the initial draft of the manuscript with revisions done by WS. CY and WS formulated the Discussion section of the manuscript. FK and PH were involved in minor manuscript revisions and contributed to the Discussion section as well.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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