Treatment of hypersensitivity reactions during anaesthesia and surgery
Although the immune system functions to provide host defense, it can respond inappropriately to produce hypersensitivity or allergic reactions. A spectrum of life threatening allergic reactions to any drug or agent can occur in the perioperative period. The enigma of these reactions is their unpredictable nature. However, with a high index of suspicion, prompt recognition with appropriate and aggressive therapy can help to avoid a disastrous outcome.