The rational clinical examination. Is this patient allergic to penicillin? An evidence-based analysis of the likelihood of penicillin allergy.

@article{Salkind2001TheRC,
  title={The rational clinical examination. Is this patient allergic to penicillin? An evidence-based analysis of the likelihood of penicillin allergy.},
  author={Alan R Salkind and Paul G Cuddy and John W Foxworth},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2001},
  volume={285 19},
  pages={2498-505}
}
CONTEXT Clinicians frequently withhold antibiotics that contain penicillin based on patients' self-reported clinical history of an adverse reaction to penicillin and the clinicians' own misunderstandings about the characteristics of a true penicillin allergy. OBJECTIVES To determine the likelihood of true penicillin allergy with consideration of clinical history and to evaluate the diagnostic value added by appropriate skin testing. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE was searched for relevant English… CONTINUE READING
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