Latex allergy guidelines for people with spina bifida

Veronica Meneses, Sarah Parenti, Heather Burns, Richard Adams

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An estimated 85% of individuals with spina bifida (SB) survive into adulthood, warranting SB-specific transition to adult healthcare guidelines to address the diverse and complex medical, adaptive, and social needs particular to this condition. Latex allergy constitutes one important health concern for this population that requires ongoing and life-long evidence-based management. This article discusses management of latex allergy according to the SB Latex Allergy Healthcare Guidelines from the 2018 Spina Bifida Association's Fourth Edition of the Guidelines for the Care of People with Spina Bifida, reviews current care models in which such latex allergy guidelines can be implemented, and explores further relevant research topics in SB care relative to latex allergy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-609
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Hevea latex
  • Myelomeningocele
  • allergy
  • latex
  • latex allergy
  • latex-fruit syndrome
  • neural tube defects
  • spina bifida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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