EM1904G "Tackling the Epidemic of the Penicillin Allergy Label" (IM GR-042619)

Purpose and Overview: The purpose of this lecture will be to review the epidemiology, immunopathology, and associated morbidity of penicillin allergy. Current diagnostic testing strategies as well as recommendations for risk stratification of patients with penicillin allergy will be discussed.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the morbidity associated with a label of penicillin allergy.
  • Discuss the key elements in taking a history of a patient with a penicillin allergy.
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic approaches and their success in de-labeling patients with penicillin allergy.
  • Discuss the indications and limitations of penicillin desensitization.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: David Khan, M.D.David Khan, M.D.
Director, Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program
Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. Khan has been the Program Director for the Allergy & Immunology fellowship program for over 20 years. He has been involved with writing practice guidelines for the specialty of Allergy & Immunology for 15 years. His research interests include, drug allergy, therapies for refractory chronic urticaria, and the interaction of depression and asthma.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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