Jackfruit anaphylaxis in a latex allergic patient

Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2015 Mar;33(1):65-8. doi: 10.12932/AP0416.33.1.2015.

Abstract

Several fruits have been reported to crossreact with latex antigen in latex allergy patients but little is known regarding tropical fruits in particular. Here we report the case of a 34-year old nurse who developed anaphylaxis following the ingestion of dried jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus). The patient had a history of chronic eczema on both hands resulting from a regular wear of latex gloves. She and her family also had a history of atopy (allergic rhinitis and/or atopic dermatitis). The results of skin prick tests were positive for jackfruit, latex glove, kiwi and papaya, but the test was negative for banana. While we are reporting the first case of jackfruit anaphylaxis, further research needs to be conducted to identify the mechanisms underlying it. In particular, in-vitro studies need to be designed to understand if the anaphylaxis we describe is due to a cross reactivity between latex and jackfruit or a coincidence of allergy to these 2 antigens.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Allergens / immunology*
  • Artocarpus / chemistry
  • Artocarpus / immunology*
  • Cross Reactions
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Latex / chemistry
  • Latex / immunology*
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / physiopathology*
  • Skin Tests

Substances

  • Allergens
  • Latex