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Plukenetia volubilis, Euphorbiaceae (Sacha Inchi) is a plant from the Peruvian Amazon whose seeds are used in the cosmetic industry for their oil and protein content.1 2
P volubilis has not been previously related to allergy. However, allergens have been described from other Euphorbiaceae plants (http://www.allergen.org/): Hevea brasiliensis (13 allergens), Mercurialis annua (Mer a 1) and Ricinus communis (Ric c 1). Cross-reactivity among these species has been reported.3
A 40-year-old woman developed rhinoconjunctivitis and bronchial asthma related to exposure to P volubilis seeds in a cosmetic company. She was in charge of crushing the seeds to obtain the powder to extract the oil, had constant rhinoconjunctivitis …
Armando Bueso and Rosa Rodríguez-Perez contributed equally to this article.
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.