Latex allergy

Constance H Katelaris
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00592.x
Published online: 18 September 2006

Latex allergy (LA) is an IgE-mediated reaction to latex proteins. It is a relatively new phenomenon, first described convincingly in 1979 and increasingly recognised in subsequent years.1 Much has been achieved from years of research into the problem, including:

  • Allergy and Immunology Services, Westmead Specialist Medical Centre, Sydney, NSW.


  • 1. Charous BL, Blanco C, Tarlo S, et al. Natural rubber latex after 12 years: recommendations and perspectives. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002; 109: 31-34.
  • 2. Saxon A, Ownby D, Huard T, et al. Prevalence of IgE to natural rubber latex in unselected blood donors and performance characteristics of AlaSTAT testing. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2000; 84: 199-206.
  • 3. Tarlo S, Easty A, Eubanks K, et al. Outcomes of a natural rubber latex control program in an Ontario teaching hospital. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2001; 108: 628-633.


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