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The dental management of patients with natural rubber latex allergy


Reports of allergic reactions to natural rubber latex have increased during the past two decades with both dental personnel and patients being affected. A dental management protocol is outlined for patients who have latex allergy. This includes: the identification of patients at high risk for developing latex allergy; the creation of a controlled, 'latex free' environment in the dental surgery; and the provision of emergency drugs and equipment that are free from natural rubber latex and may be required for the management of an allergic reaction


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Field, E., Longman, L., Al, S. et al. The dental management of patients with natural rubber latex allergy. Br Dent J 185, 65–69 (1998).

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