serum sickness

  1. a delayed allergic reaction to the injection of an antiserum caused by an antibody reaction to an antigen in the donor serum
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  • It turns out that the risks of antivenin (anaphylaxis and serum sickness) are significant enough to render it useful only in "severe" envenomations, ie, edema and erythema reaching the trunk, or systemic symptoms or laboratory abnormalities (consumptive coagulopathy, etc.) Archive 2007-06-01
  • These adverse events often included anaphylactoid reactions (23 percent) and serum sickness (50 percent) .1 Although most adverse events did not result in mortality when treated with appropriate medication, such complications are problematic and fueled the development of a less immunogenic antivenin. Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine)
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