Nickel Allergy Reactions in Septal Closure Devices

MedPage Today reported “in a case series in patients undergoing percutaneous ASD [atrial septal defect] or PFO [patent foramen ovale] closure, particularly those with a history of metal allergy, routine nickel allergy testing should be considered to identify patients at higher risk of an exaggerated inflammatory reaction in whom surgical closure may be favored.”

The article went to to report  “symptoms of systemic nickel allergy usually don’t include rash, but often present as a combination of chest pain, breathlessness on exertion, and mild leukocytosis and can include migraine and pericarditis as well.”

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Cardiac Device Explant Clears Nickel Allergy Reactions

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