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What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis, also known as anaphylactic shock, is the most severe form of allergic reaction. Immediate and life-threatening symptoms, including breathing difficulties, can be the result of exposure to an allergen (trigger). Without prompt medical attention, anaphylaxis can cause death.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Asthma

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