Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Anaphylaxis Due to Head Injury
- Author(s): Bruner, Heather C.
- Bruner, David I.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2015.3.24397
Both anaphylaxis and head injury are often seen in the emergency department, but they are rarely seen in combination. We present a case of a 30-year-old woman who presented with anaphylaxis with urticaria and angioedema following a minor head injury. The patient responded well to intramuscular epinephrine without further complications or airway compromise. Prior case reports have reported angioedema from hereditary angioedema during dental procedures and maxillofacial surgery, but there have not been any cases of first-time angioedema or anaphylaxis due to head injury. [West J Emerg Med. 2015;16(3):435–437.]