GNRH analogues

These drugs are used to induce ovulation and in treatment of endometriosis, polycystic ovary disease, precocious puberty, and prostate cancer.
Tripterolin, Gonadorelin, Buserelin, Leuprorelin (leuprolide), Nafarelin, Goserelin.
Local reactions: 0 to 13%.
General reactions are rare.
Risk factors
Route of administration (constant infusion > intermittent use).
Length of treatment.
Clinical manifestations
General: anaphylactic shock.
Cutaneous: flush, pruritus, local erythema, urticaria, vasculitis (sometimes delayed)
Respiratory: sneeze, bronchospasm.
Diagnostic methods
Cutaneous testing.
Skin-prick tests positive in various concentrations for gonadorelin, buserilin, goserilin, leuprorelin.
Specific IgE (RAST): a few cases published.
Specific IgG (RIA): controversial role.
MIF one case positive with triptorelin
Skin-biopsy: one case of allergic vasculitis with triptorelin.
IgE-mediated hypersensitivity (immediate positive skin tests, specific IgE).
Type III reaction (one case).
Non-specific histamine release.
Avoidance of all GnRHs.


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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.