Cyprus Medical Journal, v. 11, n. 1, 1993 [pg.35-36]
Latex products have recently been identified as the cause of severe intraoperative anaphylactic reactions, the onset of which range from 15 to 40 minutes after introduction of anesthesia. Patients are at risk when they are exposed to latex intraoperatively as a result of frequent past exposure to these materials. Pediatric patients with spina bifida or congenital urologic abnormalities appear to be at increased risk. Cross allergies with bananas, avocado, or kiwi have been observed. Allergic tests may assist in the preoperative evaluation of these patients. In sensitized patients, appropriate prophylactic measures, such as avoidance of latex, are required.