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Severe allergic reactions in surgery 'caused by antibiotics'


Antibiotics are the main cause of life-threatening allergic reactions during surgery, a new report suggests.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists says more patients are claiming to be allergic to penicillin, leading to other riskier antibiotics being used.

Out of nearly 300 life-threatening reactions, there were 10 deaths in one year in the NHS in the UK.

Anaesthetists said some of the deaths could have been prevented.

Anaphylaxis in the operating theatre is a life-threatening reaction to a drug that happens without warning.

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