Oct 1, 1989

Anaphylaxis following administration of papaveretum. Case report: Implication of IgE antibodies that react with morphine and codeine, and identification of an allergenic determinant

D G HarleM M Fisher


IgE antibodies that reacted with morphine and codeine were detected in the serum of a subject who experienced a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction following the administration of Omnopon-Scopolamine (papaveretum-hyoscine). Hapten inhibition studies with morphine and a number of structurally-related analogues revealed that morphine and codeine were the most potent inhibitors of IgE binding to a morphine-solid phase. Nalorphine, meperidine, and methadone were also good inhibitors of IgE binding, but naltrexone, buprenorphine, and fentanyl proved to be poor inhibitors. From a detailed examination of structure-activity relationships, the authors conclude that the important structural features of the morphine allergenic (that is, IgE binding) determinant comprises the cyclohexenyl ring with a hydroxyl group at C-6 and, most important of all, a methyl substituent attached to the N atom. The authors' findings suggest that morphine analogues administered to such a patient may provoke clinical anaphylaxis. Hyoscine reacted weakly with IgE antibodies in the subject's serum, but this was thought to be due to weak cross-reaction between this compound and morphine.

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Anaphylaxis (Non Medication)
Morphine Measurement
Antigenic Specificity
Cessation of Life
Cross Reactions
Codeine Measurement
Immunoglobulin E

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