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Correlation between skin test results and historical manifestations in patients with suspected lidocaine hypersensitivity.


Adverse reactions to local anesthetics (LA) are relatively common; however, true IgE-mediated allergy is extremely rare, estimated to occur in less than 1%. Investigating patients with suspected allergy to LA should begin with a detailed history to exclude other more common operation theater related culprit medications, followed by skin testing. The subcutaneous challenge is considered the gold standard for confirming true IgE-mediated allergy to LA. In this study, we have described the skin prick test results of patients with suspected lidocaine allergy who had historical reaction symptoms typical to IgE-mediated allergic reactions.