Intraoperative Severe Anaphylaxis Due to Gelofusine in a Patient Undergoing Elective Prostatectomy: Case Report

Amad Hania


Anaphylaxis due to colloid plasma expanders is a recognized but rare life-threatening complication in patients. It is seen most commonly in patients in perioperative setting, with no history of allergy, whom receive colloid plasma expanders for the first time to maintain adequate blood pressure during surgery. A case of a 64-year-old male undergoing elective prostatectomy, who develops severe anaphylaxis and urticaria, 30 minutes following gelofusine infusion, is presented in this report. The diagnosis of anaphylaxis secondary to gelofusine was confirmed by skin prick testing in the immunology department.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(10):554-556


Anaphylaxis; Colloid; Gelofusine; Skin prick testing; Urticaria; Allergy

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