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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1997 Sep;18(3):290-2.

Fatal anaphylactic reaction to hair dye.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Weiss Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, Illinois, USA.


We present the first reported case of fatal anaphylaxis resulting from the application of hair dye. A 68-year-old woman had a history of anaphylactic reaction to hair dye 2 years before her death. After using a different hair dye preparation, the patient experienced shortness of breath, collapsed, and died. Autopsy findings were consistent with anaphylaxis. Pathogenic mechanisms are reviewed.

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