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An Unusual Case of Multiple Food Allergies Comorbid with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Case Report

Authors Storino V, Muñoz-Ortiz J, Villabona-Martinez V, Villamizar-Sanjuán JD, Rojas-Carabali W, de-la-Torre A

Received 21 November 2020

Accepted for publication 26 February 2021

Published 31 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 317—323

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JAA.S293248

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Luis Garcia-Marcos


Veronica Storino,1 Juliana Muñoz-Ortiz,2 Valeria Villabona-Martinez,3 Juan Diego Villamizar-Sanjuán,3 William Rojas-Carabali,3 Alejandra de-la-Torre3

1Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia; 2Escuela Barraquer, Research Group, Escuela Superior de Oftalmología, Instituto Barraquer de América, Bogotá, Colombia; 3Neuroscience Research Group “NeURos”, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Correspondence: Alejandra de-la-Torre
Neuroscience Research Group “NeURos”, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Rosario, Carrera 24 # 63C - 69, Bogotá, Colombia
Tel +57 3102482196
Email [email protected]

Purpose: To report the case of a patient with multiple food allergies comorbid with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) who was misdiagnosed on various occasions, resulting in a negative impact on the patient’s personal and social life.
Case Report: We present the case of a 43-year-old Colombian women with multiple food allergies concomitant with MCS. Symptoms started with a mild reaction to insecticides, car exhaust smoke, and perfumes and gradually evolved into a severe reaction to her environment. She also presented recurrent episodes of clinical reactivity to foods and persistent elevated IgE levels, as well as several life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Alternative and allopathic therapies were applied, but her symptoms persisted. Various diagnoses were made before the definitive diagnosis.
Conclusion: MCS is an unusual entity of unknown pathophysiology that can, on rare occasions, coexist with food allergies. Early recognition and multidisciplinary treatment are required as these entities have a major impact on the patient’s quality of life. We present the first Latin American case regarding the association of the two diseases.

Keywords: type I hypersensitivity, idiopathic environmental intolerance, environmental exposure, food allergy

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