Mercedes Cimarra

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BACKGROUND The fast-dissolving grass allergy immunotherapy tablet (grass AIT), Grazax, has proven effective in grass pollen-induced rhinoconjunctivitis. OBJECTIVE To investigate the immunological and cutaneous changes induced after a short course with grass AIT. METHODS We performed a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial with 78 patients(More)
Thirty patients with asthma and/or monosensitized allergic rhinitis caused by grass pollen whose ages ranged from 15 to 35 years were selected. Two groups were established at random: an active group and a placebo group, and a double-blind study was done on treatment with immunotherapy for a period of 3 continuous years, with initiation doses administered(More)
BACKGROUND Subcutaneous immunotherapy is an etiological therapy for certain IgE-mediated diseases. It is usually administered in 2 phases: induction and maintenance. Administration in clustered schedules during the induction phase may be a valid alternative to reach the maintenance dose early if the treatment is well tolerated. OBJECTIVES To compare the(More)
We performed a prospective, multicenter study to assess the tolerance and possible short-term effects of allergen vaccines administered according to a cluster schedule in the months immediately preceding the onset of the pollen season. The study was carried out in eight centers and included 191 patients (children and adults) with allergic respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND Grass pollen allergy is one of the most common allergies worldwide, and patients often show sensitization to an array of phylogenetically related species. OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of specific immunotherapy (SIT) with Phleum pratense extract on induction of the immune response to a mixture composed of 5 grass pollen extracts. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Occupational bronchial asthma in mushroom (champignon) workers is unusual, although reports on it appeared in 1938 and 1951; we have not found any others since those dates. Here we report the case of a 52-year-old man who works as a champignon cultivator. He suffered rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma attacks whenever he entered the champignon(More)
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant drug which is an analog to 6-mercaptopurine and has been used in the last 20 years to prevent organ transplant rejection. It has also been used in the treatment of some autoimmunological diseases. We present a case of a 24-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus, suffering from nephritis, who developed(More)