The aspirin desensitization program at Scripps Clinic in San Diego provides highly effective treatment for people who have aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), a chronic inflammatory condition of the upper and lower airways that is triggered by aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The physicians in the division of allergy, asthma and immunology at Scripps Clinic are uniquely qualified to provide a therapeutic option for people with AERD. Their aspirin desensitization program has roots that date back to 1979, when the allergists began studying aspirin sensitivity in asthmatic patients. Over several decades, the physicians pioneered a safe and effective method to desensitize people to NSAIDs. In the process, they produced groundbreaking research, publishing dozens of journal articles and numerous textbook chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of AERD. The aspirin desensitization program at Scripps Clinic is a culmination of their work.