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Cephalosporin Hypersensitivity: Descriptive Analysis, Cross-reactivity, and Risk Factors


Background: Cephalosporins, which belong to the beta-lactam therapeutic class, are increasingly used throughout the world. Few large studies on this issue have been conducted, and most of them have been performed as part of penicillin hypersensitivity studies.Objective: We described our 26-year experience exploring cephalosporin drug hypersensitivity, from which we identified epidemiological and cross-reactivity data.Methods: We included 476 patients who reported drug hypersensitivity reaction (DHR) to cephalosporin and underwent an allergy workup between January 1992 and July 2018 in the Allergy Unit of the University Hospital of Montpellier (France). According to their structural side chain R1 homology, we worked with 4 classes of cephalosporins. Logistic regression analysis was used to search for risk factors for hypersensitivity to cephalosporin (positive skin test [ST] or drug provocation test [DPT] results).Results: Cephalosporin hypersensitivity was proven in 22.3% of the patients referred in our Unit, according to positive ST (51.9%) or DPT to the culprit drug (48.1%). One in 5 patients were children, and cephalosporin hypersensitivity was confirmed in 15% (47.6% of them by means of ST). In the cephalosporin hypersensitive population, initial reactions were mostly immediate (68.9%) and anaphylactic (72.7%). Cross-reactivity with aminopenicillins was the most frequent pattern of cross-reactivity. In multivariate analysis, immediate reactions (odds ratio [OR] = 3, 95% confidence interval [CI] [1.6-5.5], P < .001), anaphylactic shock (OR = 6.5, 95% CI [3.3-13.1], P < .001) and anaphylaxis (OR = 3.1, 95% CI [1.6-6.1], P < .001), and multiple reactions to the same or several cephalosporins (OR = 2.0, 95% CI [1-3.5], P = .04) were statistically associated with confirmed DHR. DPT was generally safe, but elicited anaphylaxis in 20% of patients. Systemic reactions during skin testing occurred in 9.1% of positive patients, almost always related to anaphylactic index reactions. Nonimmediate confirmed DHR to cephalosporins were rare and occurred in less than 10% of the positive patients.Conclusion: Almost a quarter of the tested patients were confirmed as hypersensitive to cephalosporins; sensitivity of skin testing was 51.9%, and thus, half of the positive patients needed a DPT to prove the diagnosis.
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Nidhal Touati, Barbara Cardoso, Marie Delpuech, Raphaelle Bazire, Nathalie El Kara, et al.. Cephalosporin Hypersensitivity: Descriptive Analysis, Cross-reactivity, and Risk Factors. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 2021, 9 (5), pp.1994-2000.e5. ⟨10.1016/j.jaip.2020.11.063⟩. ⟨hal-03169384⟩
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