Aspirin sensitivity may cause symptoms similar
to allergic reactions in susceptible people. Patients with
sensitivity typically also have asthma and nasal polyps (growths in the nose), a combination known as the "aspirin triad."
Aspirin sensitivity can be confirmed in a doctor's office by performing a
challenge test by giving the patient a small dose of aspirin and watching
for symptoms of aspirin sensitivity to develop. The December 22/29, 2004,
issue of JAMA includes an article about aspirin sensitivity
with particular regard to use of aspirin in the treatment and prevention of