Rifamycin SV

Semi-synthetic antibiotic derived from Rifamycin B.
Widely used by surgeons for local application.
Clinical manifestations
Contact dermatitis.
Contact urticaria.
Anaphylactic reactions.
Diagnostic methods
Cutaneous testing.
Prick-tests 50µg/ml.
Intradermal tests 50 µg/ml to 5000 µg/ml (positive in 4/4 patients with anaphylaxis).
Specific IgE: detected in at least one case.
Histamine release (positive in 2/3 patients with anaphylaxis).
Antiparasite cytotoxicity by platelets (positive in 4/4 patients with anaphylaxis).
IgE-mediated allergy.
Possible cross-reactivity with Rifampicine and Rifabutine.


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As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.