Anaphylaxis: knowledge among oral and maxillofacial surgeons




Anaphylaxis; Oral and maxillofacial surgeons; Epinephrine.


The aim of the present study was to evaluate knowledge regarding the conduct and adequate management of anaphylaxis on the part of oral-maxillofacial surgeons. A quantitative evaluation was performed through a cognitive survey on the subject. The sample was composed of 104 specialists and who participated in the Brazilian Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Traumatology Conference. A total of 31.7% of the interviewees were unaware of any protocol for anaphylaxis. Among those with information on the subject, the majority (78.8%) reported that adrenaline is the main drug for the treatment of anaphylaxis, but 50% of these individuals did not know the correct dosage and only 35.6% reported that intramuscular administration was the proper route. Only 12.5% reported having witnessed a case of anaphylaxis and all such cases were resolved with a favorable outcome. A considerable number of surgeons (34.6%) reported not having any drug for emergency care in their offices, but the majority (71.2%) reported being capable of administering such drugs. The present findings revealed a lack of knowledge on the part of many oral-maxillofacial surgeons regarding anaphylactic reactions and treatment.

Author Biographies

Amanda Freire de Melo Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

School of Dentistry, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Éwerton Daniel Rocha Rodrigues, Universidade de Pernambuco

Departmant of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Universidade de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Belmiro Cavalcanti do Egito Vasconcelos, Universidade de Pernambuco

Universidade de Pernambuco, School of Dentistry, Hospital Universitário Oswaldo Cruz, Departmant of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - R. Arnóbio Marquês, 310 - Santo Amaro, Recife - Pernambuco - Zip Code: 50100-130

Emanuel Sávio Cavalcanti Sarinho, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Center for Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (HC/UFPE), Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil


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How to Cite

Vasconcelos, A. F. de M., Freitas, R. K. A. de, Rodrigues, Éwerton D. R., Vasconcelos, B. C. do E., & Sarinho, E. S. C. (2020). Anaphylaxis: knowledge among oral and maxillofacial surgeons . Research, Society and Development, 9(9), e176997055.



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