New lung, new al­lergy to peanuts

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SOME­TIMES peo­ple just re­ally want a peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wich. And, as long as you’re not al­ler­gic to the in­gre­di­ents, that’s to­tally fine. At least, that’s what one woman thought.

The 68-year-old woman, who had never had a peanut al­lergy, had a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to the sand­wich, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port of her case, pub­lished in the jour­nal

But some­one else did have a peanut al­lergy: the donor who sup­plied the woman with a trans­plant lung.

It’s a very rare oc­cur­rence for lung trans­plant re­cip­i­ents to ac­quire a food al­lergy from a donor or­gan, said lead case re­port au­thor Dr Mazen Odish, a fel­low in pul­monary and crit­i­cal care medicine at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Diego Med­i­cal Cen­tre, who treated the woman.

There have been only four or five re­ports in which or­gan re­cip­i­ents ac­quired peanut al­ler­gies with ana­phy­laxis fol­low­ing a lung trans­plant, Odish told Live Sci­ence.

Although it’s rare for food al­ler­gies to be trans­ferred, it does oc­cur: cases of food al­ler­gies be­ing ac­quired have been re­ported af­ter liver, kid­ney, lung, bone mar­row, heart and kid­ney trans­plants, the au­thors wrote. Fox News

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