Celery--cause of severe anaphylactic shock

Postepy Hig Med Dosw (Online). 2012 Mar 14:66:132-4. doi: 10.5604/17322693.986123.


Background: We present a case of anaphylactic shock induced by celery ingestion in a 28-year old woman with pollinosis during allergen (50% birch, 50% grass) immunotherapy.

Case report: A female patient, aged 28 was admitted to the clinic due to a serious anaphylactic reaction. The event took place 15 min after ingesting fresh celery. She recovered after routine treatment with adrenaline, corticosteroids and antazoline.

Conclusions: Our case shows the possibility of simultaneous occurrence of hypersensitivity to inhaled allergens and food. In such cases, it is considered part of cross-reactivity We discuss the importance of cross- reactivity associated with sensitization to pollen and vegetable foods.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Allergens / immunology*
  • Anaphylaxis / immunology*
  • Anaphylaxis / therapy
  • Apium / immunology*
  • Betula / immunology
  • Cross Reactions / immunology
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Pollen / immunology
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / immunology
  • Vegetables / immunology*


  • Allergens