Growing evidence has demonstrated that many common plant foods such as mangos, kiwis and jackfruit lead to cross reactivity with the latex antigen in latex allergic patients. Here, we discuss the case of a 68 year old female of Bangladeshi descent who developed shortness of breath in the setting of anaphylaxis following the ingestion of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus). The patient had a history of latex allergy described as mild rash along with seasonal allergies causing mild rhinorrhea, congestion and sneezing. Given the strong cultural significance of jackfruit consumption in Asian countries and growing popularity in the use of jackfruit as a superfood meat alternative in Western nations, along with growing Asian population , there is a need for extensive education on the cross reactivity between plant foods and latex to prevent deadly cross-reactivity induced anaphylaxis. With this case report, we hope to raise awareness of this rare, yet morbid association.
Dey, Shraboni; Hu, Young; Torres Gonzalez, Jonathan; Atoot, Adam; and Bangolo, Ayrton
"Jackfruit Anaphylaxis Due to Cross Reactivity with Latex,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 13:
4, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol13/iss4/9