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Medical Term:

anaphylactic shock


Definition: a severe, often fatal form of shock characterized by respiratory compromise from laryngeal edema or bronchospasm, hypotension or shock, from cardiac arrhythmias or peripheral vasodilation and vascular permeability; typically an IgE antibody-associated phenomenon (type I allergic reaction).

See Also: anaphylaxis, serum sickness

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