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Adrenaline and non-life threatening allergic reactions: Intramuscular adrenaline is safe

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:226
  1. Jo A Douglass, head (,
  2. Robyn E O'Hehir, professor
  1. Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Service, Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

    EDITOR—The life saving effects of adrenaline in severe allergic reactions are well established, so Johnston et al's lesson of the week cautioning against using adrenaline in “non-life threatening” conditions is worrying.1 2 Anaphylaxis or angioedema of the upper airway is life threatening, and avoiding or delaying appropriate treatment is clearly associated with adverse outcomes, …

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