serum disease


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Noun1.serum disease - a delayed allergic reaction to the injection of an antiserum caused by an antibody reaction to an antigen in the donor serum
allergic reaction, allergy - hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity
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The most significant side effect of this treatment is anaphylaxis and serum disease.
If the death rate due to scorpion poison is low and since there is a risk of hypersensitivity or serum disease from the antivenom, this treatment should only be administered in cases with severe toxicity in stage III and IV cases (10, 11).
Complement levels (C3, C4, CH50) and evaluation of immune complexes support the diagnosis of serum disease, but a negative test does not exclude the diagnosis (2).