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Glossary: anaphylactic shock, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

anaphylactic shock

(A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok)

A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been previously exposed to. The reaction may include itchy skin, edema, collapsed blood vessels, fainting, difficulty in breathing, and death.

2003-02-21

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