ISSN 2305-3127 (Print)   
ISSN 2664-3790 (Online)

Original Research

Clinical approach on challenge and desensitization procedures with aspirin in patients with ischemic heart disease and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug hypersensitivity

G. Cortellini 1, A. Romano 2,3, A. Santucci 1, A. Barbaud 4, S. Bavbek 5, D. Bignardi 6, M. Blanca 7, P. Bonadonna 8, M. T. Costantino 9, J. J. Laguna 10, C. Lombardo 8, L.M. Losappio 11, J. Makowska 12, A. Nakonechna 13, O. Quercia 14, E. A. Pastorello 11, V. Patella 15,16, I. Terreehorst 17, S. Testi 18, J. R. Cernadas 19, and the EAACI Drug Interest Group on Challenge and Desensitization Procedures with Aspirin in CAD (J. Dionicio Elera 10, D. Lippolis 1, S. Voltolini 6, D. Grosseto 20)

1 Internal Medicine and Rheumatology Department, Azienda Sanitaria Romagna, Rimini Hospital, Rimini, Italy; 2 Allergy Unit, Complesso Integrato Columbus, Rome, Italy; IRCCS Oasi Maria S.S., Troina, Italy; 4 Department of Dermatology and Allergology, University Hospital of Nancy, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France; 5 Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, School of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey; 6 Allergy Unit, San Martino Hospital, Genoa, Italy; Allergy Service, Carlos Haya Hospital, Malaga, Spain; 8 Allergy Unit, University Hospital of Verona, Verona, Italy; 9 Allergy Unit, Poma Hospital, Mantua, Italy; 10 Allergy Unit, Hospital de la Cruz Roja, Madrid, Spain; 11 Allergology and Immunology Unit, Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital, Milan, Italy; 12 Department of Rheumatology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland; 13 Allergy and Immunology, Clinic Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, Liverpool, UK; 14 Allergy Unit, Internal Medicine Department, Azienda Sanitaria Romagna, Faenza, Italy; 15 Allergy Unit, Santa Maria della Speranza Hospital, Battipaglia, Italy; 16 Azienda Sanitaria Locale Salerno, Salerno, Italy; 17 Academisch Medisch Centrum, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 18 Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit, Azienda Sanitaria di Firenze, San Giovanni di Dio Hospital, Florence, Italy; 19 Immunoallergy Department, Centro Hospitalar Sao Joao, Porto, Portugal; 20 Cardiology Unit, Azienda Sanitaria Romagna, Rimini Hospital, Rimini, Italy 

Background. Hypersensitivity to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) constitutes a serious problem for subjects with coronary artery disease. In such subjects, physicians have to choose the more appropriate procedure between challenge and desensitization. As the literature on this issue is sparse, this study aimed to establish in these subjects clinical criteria for eligibility for an ASA challenge and/or desensitization.

Methods. Collection and analysis of data on ASA challenges and desensitizations from 10 allergy centers, as well as consensus among the related physicians and an expert panel.

Results. Altogether, 310 subjects were assessed; 217 had histories of urticaria/angioedema, 50 of anaphylaxis, 26 of nonimmediate cutaneous eruptions, and 17 of bronchospasm related to ASA/nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) intake. Specifically, 119 subjects had index reactions to ASA doses lower than 300 mg. Of the 310 subjects, 138 had an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), 101 of whom underwent desensitizations, whereas 172 suffered from a chronic ischemic heart disease (CIHD), 126 of whom underwent challenges. Overall, 163 subjects underwent challenges and 147 subjects underwent desensitizations; 86 of the latter had index reactions to ASA doses of 300 mg or less. Ten subjects reacted to challenges, seven at doses up to 500 mg, three at a cumulative dose of 110 mg. The desensitization failure rate was 1.4 %.

Conclusions. In patients with stable CIHD and histories of nonsevere hypersensitivity reactions to ASA/NSAIDs, an ASA challenge is advisable. Patients with an ACS and histories of hypersensitivity reactions to ASA, especially following doses lower than 100 mg, should directly undergo desensitization.

Key words: aspirin, challenge procedure, desensitization procedure, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs hypersensitivity.


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