anaphylactic shock


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anaphylactic shock

a severe, sometimes fatal, reaction to a substance to which a person has an extreme sensitivity, often involving respiratory difficulty and circulation failure

anaphylactic shock

[¦an·ə·fə¦lak·tik ′shäk]
(medicine)
A syndrome seen as one of the clinical manifestations of anaphylaxis.
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Physicians must be aware of the possibility of anaphylactic shock due to acetaminophen, especially in view of the widespread use of this commonly available drug.
Murphy collapsed into anaphylactic shock, then fell into a coma.
Bee enthusiasts have made bees available free, and despite medical concern about the danger of the sudden, potentially lethal allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock, which can be triggered by bee venom, believers in bee stings have persisted.
Since epinephrine drugs provide effective treatment for anaphylactic shock during an emergency, the use of such drugs has been on the rise, thereby contributing to the growth of the Global Epinephrine market.
Jackie Lindsey, 50, says electromagnetic fields make her ill and even someone using a mobile phone near her might bring on an attack like an anaphylactic shock.
Someone who is allergic to peanuts, for example, will suffer anaphylactic shock and there may not be enough time to save them," said Victoria Barrington, the council's head of public protection.
Symptoms of anaphylactic shock include flushing of the skin, hives, swelling of throat and mouth and difficulty in swallowing or speaking.
Music teacher Andrew Turner, 38, went into sudden anaphylactic shock after he ate the bread with soup while at a friend's house in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Bryn Jones went into anaphylactic shock after he inhaled the scent from a member of the audience.
And a theory that is being investigated by Coroners' officers is that she suffered anaphylactic shock after being stung.
The Marine Conservation Society warned the jellyfish are a danger to children and can cause victims to go into anaphylactic shock.
It is believed one of them had gone into anaphylactic shock.