Boy Acquires Food Allergies after Blood Transfusion

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Apr 15th, 2015
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Laura Gigel has recently reported about a Canadian boy who suddenly became allergic to fish and nuts after receiving a blood transfusion which was part of his treatment for brain cancer. The blood he received from the procedure reportedly had a protein which triggered the allergic reactions but since his body never produced the said protein naturally, the allergies are supposed to gradually disappear.

This article was published on Live Science:

A boy in Canada mysteriously became allergic to fish and nuts after he received a blood transfusion, according to a new case report.

The 8-year-old boy had no history of being allergic to any foods, and was undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. A few weeks after receiving a blood transfusion, he experienced a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis within 10 minutes of eating salmon, according to the report, published online today (April 7) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

His doctors suspected that the blood transfusion had triggered the reaction, they wrote in the report. After treating the patient with a drug containing antihistamines, the doctors advised him to avoid fish and to carry an epinephrine injector in case he had another reaction.

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