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Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2005 Mar-Apr;33(2):115-6.

Allergic reaction caused by articaine.

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Service of Allergy, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia, Avenida de Blasco Ibañez 17, 46010 Valencia, Spain.


We report the case of a 51-year-old woman who had an immediate skin reaction after subcutaneous administration of a local anesthetic (LA) composed of articaine and epinephrine before a dental procedure. The patient subsequently underwent further dental procedures without LA. Skin prick tests performed with commercial LAs (lidocaine, mepivacaine, bupivacaine and articaine) were negative with epinephrine and all LAs except articaine. In 10 healthy controls, skin prick tests with articaine were negative. Subcutaneous challenge test with mepivacaine (0.3 and 0.5 ml) was negative. Provocations with the remaining anesthetics of the amide group were not carried out due to the patient's refusal.

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