Hypersensitivity reactions to chemotherapy: an EAACI Position Paper


Pagani M., BAVBEK S., Alvarez-Cuesta E., DURSUN A. B. , Bonadonna P., Castells M., ...More

ALLERGY, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/all.15113
  • Title of Journal : ALLERGY
  • Keywords: chemotherapy, desensitization, drug hypersensitivity, drug provocation test, hypersensitivity reactions, RAPID DESENSITIZATION, RISK-STRATIFICATION, SKIN-TEST, ASPARAGINASE HYPERSENSITIVITY, CLINICAL-FEATURES, CROSS-SENSITIVITY, PEG-ASPARAGINASE, CARBOPLATIN, MANAGEMENT, OXALIPLATIN

Abstract

Chemotherapeutic drugs have been widely used in the treatment of cancer disease for about 70 years. The development of new treatments has not hindered their use, and oncologists still prescribe them routinely, alone or in combination with other antineoplastic agents. However, all chemotherapeutic agents can induce hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs), with different incidences depending on the culprit drug. These reactions are the third leading cause of fatal drug-induced anaphylaxis in the United States. In Europe, deaths related to chemotherapy have also been reported. In particular, most reactions are caused by platinum compounds, taxanes, epipodophyllotoxins and asparaginase. Despite their prevalence and relevance, the ideal pathways for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these reactions are still unclear, and practice remains considerably heterogeneous with vast differences from center to center. Thus, the European Network on Drug Allergy and Drug Allergy Interest Group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology organized a task force to provide data and recommendations regarding the allergological work-up in this field of drug hypersensitivity reactions. This position paper aims to provide consensus on the investigation of HSRs to chemotherapeutic drugs and give practical recommendations for clinicians that treat these patients, such as oncologists, allergologists and internists. Key sections cover risk factors, pathogenesis, symptoms, the role of skin tests, in vitro tests, indications and contraindications of drug provocation tests and desensitization of neoplastic patients with allergic reactions to chemotherapeutic drugs. Statements, recommendations and unmet needs were discussed and proposed at the end of each section.