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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 98-99
A case of triphasic anaphylaxis

Department of Acute Critical Care Medicine, Shizuoka Hospital, Juntendo University, Shizuoka, Japan

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Date of Submission29-Sep-2019
Date of Acceptance18-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication19-Mar-2020

How to cite this article:
Takeuchi I, Muramatsu KI, Nagasawa H, Yanagawa Y. A case of triphasic anaphylaxis. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2020;13:98-9

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Takeuchi I, Muramatsu KI, Nagasawa H, Yanagawa Y. A case of triphasic anaphylaxis. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 5];13:98-9. Available from:

Dear Editor,

We encountered a unique patient with triphasic anaphylaxis. A 24-year-old woman with a 2-time history of anaphylaxis due to unknown cause felt a mild fever and pharyngeal pain while working a night shift as a nurse. After her shift (in the morning), she ate some bread and then took cold medicine, which included salicylamide, acetaminophen, caffeine, and promethazine. Later that afternoon, she consumed a hydration drink due to feeling under the weather. Early the next morning, before 6 a.m., she noticed she had urticaria and vomiting when she awoke and called an ambulance.

When emergency medical technicians checked her, her systolic blood pressure was 70 mmHg, so she was transported to our acute critical care center. On arrival, her vital signs were as follows: the Glasgow Coma Scale, E4V5M6; blood pressure, 96/58 mmHg; heart rate, 100 bpm; percutaneous saturation, 99% under 6 L/min of oxygen; and body temperature, 36.5°C. She had diffuse urticaria and vomiting once. She was diagnosed with anaphylactic shock due to unknown cause and therefore underwent an intramuscular injection of 0.3 mg of adrenaline and drip infusion of 125 mg of methylpredon in, 10 mg of chlorpheniramine, and 20 mg of famotidine. After these treatments, her symptoms subsided, and she was admitted for observation. After admission at 3 p.m., she experienced diffuse urticaria and vomiting again. She, therefore, underwent 125 mg of methylpredon in every 6 h and 10 mg of chlorpheniramine and 20 mg of famotidine at every 12 h for 3 days. Her symptoms subsided again. However, she relapsed with diffuse urticaria and vomiting at 6 p.m. on the same day, which subsequently subsided. At 11 p.m. on the same day, she felt itching and had erythema, and these symptoms also subsided. This was the final event during her admission. On the 4th hospital day, she was discharged.

This is the second case of triphasic anaphylaxis. We did not consider the fourth skin change to be anaphylaxis because this event did not meet the definition of anaphylaxis.[1] Lee et al. reported factors that might predict biphasic reactions.[2] They identified 872 anaphylaxis-related visits. Among them, 36 (4.1%) visits resulted in biphasic reactions. A multivariable analysis showed that prior anaphylaxis, unknown inciting trigger, and a first adrenaline administration more than 60 min after the symptom onset were statistically significantly associated with biphasic reactions. In the present case, delayed injection of adrenaline from symptoms, prior anaphylaxis, and an unknown trigger was risk factors of repeated anaphylactic reactions. Concerning triphasic anaphylaxis, Gönül et al. reported a case

of Omalizumab-induced triphasic anaphylaxis.[3] However, they did not discuss the mechanism underlying the triphasic nature. In the present case, the onset of flu may cause a deterioration in the healing process of anaphylaxis by increasing the cytokine levels. In addition, ingested drugs or foods might induce delayed allergen absorption from the bowel. Furthermore, these allergens may also take a long time to metabolize and/or be excreted until they are completely eliminated from the body. These might explain the repeated anaphylactic reaction.

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Financial support and sponsorsh

This manuscript received financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015-2019 concerning (The constitution of total researching system for comprehensive disaster, medical management, corresponding to wide-scale disaster).

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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Sampson HA, Muñoz-Furlong A, Campbell RL, Adkinson NF Jr., Bock SA, Branum A, et al. Second symposium on the definition and management of anaphylaxis: Summary report – Second national institute of allergy and infectious disease/Food allergy and anaphylaxis network symposium. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2006;117:391-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
Lee S, Peterson A, Lohse CM, Hess EP, Campbell RL. Further evaluation of factors that may predict biphasic reactions in emergency department anaphylaxis patients. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2017;5:1295-301.  Back to cited text no. 2
Gönül M, Özenergün Bittacı A, Ergin C. Omalizumab-induced triphasic anaphylaxis in a patient with chronic spontaneous urticaria. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2016;30:e135-6.  Back to cited text no. 3

Correspondence Address:
Youichi Yanagawa
Department of Acute Critical Care Medicine, Shizuoka Hospital, Juntendo University, Shizuoka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_132_19

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