Background: Immediate allergic reactions to β-lactam antibiotics are considered to be one of the most important drug hypersensitivities. A positive skin test (ST) with a combination of major and minor penicillin determinants is usually sufficient to recommend avoidance of the culprit drug, whereas a negative ST is usually followed by an oral challenge test (OCT). Recently, concern has been raised regarding the role of amoxicillin (AMX) ST in the diagnosis of AMX allergy.
Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the additive value of AMX determinants in STs of patients with immediate hypersensitivity reactions to AMX or AMX-clavulanate (AMX-C).
Methods: Patients with a history of immediate AMX or AMX-C allergy underwent an ST using a combination of penicilloyl-polylysine (PPL) and minor determinants as well as AMX. An ST with AMX-C was added when appropriate.
Results: Thirty-one patients were evaluated. Eight patients, all of them with a history of AMX allergy, had positive reactions only to the AMX component. Two patients with AMX-C allergy had a positive ST reaction only to the AMX-C component. Moreover, only 14 patients (13 with AMX and 1 with AMX-C allergy) had a positive reaction to PPL, whereas most patients (54.8%) had positive reactions to other determinants. One patient, who was positive for AMX, developed several urticarial lesions after the test.
Conclusions: Skin testing with AMX and AMX-C is mandatory in patients with immediate allergy to these drugs. Failure to perform it may result in a false-negative ST jeopardizing these patients with anaphylactic reactions during a hazardous OCT.
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