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[Anaphylactic shock. From prevention to treatment].

Authors
  • Questel, F
Type
Published Article
Journal
La Presse Médicale
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 19, 1996
Volume
25
Issue
31
Pages
1507–1515
Identifiers
PMID: 8958882
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Anaphylactic shock is a severe condition resulting from circulatory failure induced by a foreign agent introduced into the organism. True anaphylactic shock, with an immunological component, should be distinguished from anaphylactic shock and anaphylactoid shock related to non-specific release of mediators. There is a large spectrum of clinical manifestations, but the sudden onset, the potential gravity and the extreme sensitivity to epinephrine comprise the three main characteristics of circulatory collapse. Search for the responsible agent is essential when faced with an episode of anaphylactic shock in order to take effective preventive measures.

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