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Table 1 Tests for the diagnosis of hypersensitivity to drugs

From: Importance of hypersensitivity in adverse reactions to drugs in the elderly

Type of drug In vivo tests In vitro tests
Prick test/intradermal test Patch test Provocation Test Specific IgE Others
Penicillins + + +* +  
Cephalosporins + + +* +  
Sulfonamides    +   
Other antibiotics    +   
Aspirin and NSAIDs    +   +
General anesthetics +   +*   
Local anesthetics +   +*   
Contrast media + +    
Insulin +    +  
Heparin + + +*   
Immunoglobulins      +
Anticonvulsants    +   
  1. *performed after cutaneous test