Urticaria from allergy to a purified human anti-Rh antibody preparation
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This case presentation describes a young woman who developed generalized urticaria after receiving the human anti-RhD(D) preparation, WinRho, intravenously. Allergy skin tests and the radioallergosorbent test (RAST) for IgE antibodies to the human anti-D immunoglobulin preparation were positive. Further studies using high-pressure liquid chromatography and protein A column chromatography implicated a nonimmunoglobulin low-molecular-weight contaminant. This case report illustrates an allergic reaction to a highly purified human immunoglobulin preparation, and demonstrates approaches to assessment of such a reaction.
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