Perioperative latex allergy

Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2011 Jul-Sep;24(3 Suppl):S55-60. doi: 10.1177/03946320110240s308.


The prevalence of latex allergy varies greatly depending on the population studied and the methods used to detect sensitization. Subjects considered to be at high risk for latex allergy are rubber industry workers, children with spina bifida and urological abnormalities, children undergoing multiple surgical procedures and with urinary catheterization, health care workers and people with food allergy (latex fruit syndrome). In this paper we report a review of latex proteins, the symptoms of latex allergy, diagnosis and management in subjects with latex allergy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Latex / chemistry
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / classification
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / epidemiology
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Perioperative Period*
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry


  • Latex
  • Plant Proteins