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Can you die from serum sickness

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Unfortunately...Yes: Serum sickness got it's name from reactions after treatments with high doses of horse serum given for treatments snake bites or tetanus. Antibiotics c... Read More
Dr. Suresh Anand
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
No: Serum sickness is a delayed type of allergic reaction as opposed to anaphylaxis or allergic shock which is an immediate type of life threatening react... Read More

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Dr. Thomas Shen
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Serum sickness can lead to organ damage and vascular collapse if the offending agent is not stopped. Normally however it is a self-limited syndrome w... Read More
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Rare but possible: The greatest danger is kidney injury resulting in acute renal failure. This is more likely if you already have compromised kidneys from pre existing c... Read More
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Systemic allergic : Systemic allergic response in which antibody-antigen reaction in the blood stream causes systemic problems.
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Yes: The most common treatment for serum sickness is discontinuation of the offending drug, combined with the use of both antihistamines and glucocorticoid... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Avoidance: Not much can be done specifically to treat serum sickness, other than avoiding the antigen that caused it in the first place. If there is significant ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Serum Sickness: Serum sickness is a reaction that is similar to an allergy. The immune system reacts to medications that contain injected proteins used to treat immun... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Can be: Serum sickness usually causes fever, lymph node enlargement, arthritis, muscle pain, weakness, renal disease, severity of the disease would determine... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Systemic allergic : Systemic allergic response in which antibody-antigen reaction in the blood stream causes systemic problems.
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Serum sickness: Classic serum sickness is caused by administration of a protein antigen from a non-human species. There have been some case reports implicating the dr... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Hypersensitivity: Serum sickness is a type of hypersensitivity reaction (type iii immune reaction) that occurs when the immune system develops antibodies to a foreign p... Read More

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