David S. Scheiner, MD


Anaphylaxis Presenting as Macroglossia

September 14, 2005

Three days after having eaten fish, a 66-year-old woman with a known allergy to fish and a history of schizophrenia was brought to the emergency department because of macroglossia-a presentation of anaphylaxis. The patient refused airway management (intubation or cricothyrotomy) and was therefore admitted to the medical intensive care unit for monitoring of her airway and hemodynamic status. She received corticosteroids, ranitidine, diphenhydramine, epinephrine, and oxygen (via nasal cannula).