New York Times: “Allergic to Peanuts, Even in Donated Blood”

Did you read this story? One of my favorite bartenders (Hey Frank!) at Otto Enotecca even read this story and mentioned it to me the other night as it freaked him out too and he’s not even allergic.

New York Times: “Allergic to Peanuts, Even in Donated Blood”
“Doctors in the Netherlands said that a 6-year-old boy with an allergy to peanuts went into anaphylactic shock after receiving a blood transfusion from donors who had been snacking on them.”

A scary story to read and something I never even considered and I’m sure you haven’t either. I asked allergist friend and colleague Clifford W. Bassett, MD and here’s what he said via email:

"This is only a history of a single patient and thus the exact cause would need to be carefully determined, however, peanut allergen proteins can be present in the bloodstream. It is therefore somewhat premature to draw any firm conclusions, just yet. In any event, if you suspect you have a food allergy to peanut, nuts or other foods see an experienced allergist/immunologist for an appropriate evaluation and plan ("

If you have further questions, talk with your board certified allergist for more.


Poker Chick said…
Yes, definitely scary, I wrote about this a couple weeks ago. Oh, and tell your friend we LOVE Otto. They are great with our FA child and we have a great experience, every time.

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