Asthma caused by bromelin inhalation

Authors

  • F. GALLEGUILLOS,

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    1. Servicio Inmunología, Institute Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias y Cirugia Torácica, Santiago, Chile
      Dr Fabián Galleguillos, Servicio Inmunología, Instituto Nacionat de Enfermedades Respiratorias y Cirugía Toráxica, Casilta 9634, Santiago, Chile.
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  • J. C. RODRIGUEZ

    1. Servicio Inmunología, Institute Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias y Cirugia Torácica, Santiago, Chile
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Dr Fabián Galleguillos, Servicio Inmunología, Instituto Nacionat de Enfermedades Respiratorias y Cirugía Toráxica, Casilta 9634, Santiago, Chile.

Summary

Two cases are reported of bronchial asthma caused by inhalation of bromelin, a proteolytic enzyme utilized in some anti-inflammatory medicines.

Prick test results with bromelin extract were positive. Inhalation tests gave immediate reactions which were blocked by sodium cromoglycate, but not corticosteroids.

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