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Allergy in anaesthesia

The Primary ( ) and Final () FRCA examinations require an extensive knowledge of allergy. We have therefore written a new educational resource section on the recognition, prevention and management of this condition. The tutorials have been tailored to the FRCA syllabus and we have also added some past questions relevant to these topics.

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 Primary FRCA Syllabus

Anaesthesia and resuscitation

 Diagnosis and management of important critical incidents during anaesthesia including: cyanosis,.. hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, bronchospasm, increased peak inspiratory pressure…

Q. Primary viva question

How would you manage a patient on your list with known latex allergy?

 Final FRCA Syllabus

Applied anatomy and physiology

 Candidates are expected to be able to apply the basic knowledge of human physiology gained from passing the Primary FRCA examination to the clinical practice of anaesthesia and intensive care medicine…relevant topics include…immunity and allergy.. 

Q. Short answer question

List the key clinical features, and commonest causative agents of severe anaphylaxis occurring during general anaesthesia. Outline its management.

Allergy in anaesthesia articles

Allergy in anaesthesia
NMBAs and anaphylaxis
Testing for allergy
Management of anaphylactic reactions
Background to latex allergy
Patient risk groups
Reasons for the increased prevalence of latex allergy
Reactions caused by latex
Allergic contact dermatitis (Type IV hypersensitivity)
Type I immediate hypersensitivity
Patient testing
Perioperative management of latex allergic patients
Management of latex allergy
References for latex allergy
Downloadable resources for anaesthesia and allergy


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