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Diagnosis of food allergy: epicutaneous skin tests, in vitro tests, and oral food challenge.
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PMID:  20922509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Food allergy is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis. Because of this increase in prevalence, it is imperative that physicians evaluating patients with possible adverse reactions to foods understand the currently available assays and how they should best be used to accurately diagnose the disease. Simple tests such as skin prick testing (SPT) and serum food-specific IgE testing are the most commonly used diagnostic tests to evaluate for IgE-mediated food reactions. However, these tests, which measure sensitization and not clinical allergy, are not without pitfalls, and their utility must be appreciated to avoid over- and underdiagnosis. Although the physician-supervised oral food challenge remains the gold standard for food allergy diagnosis, a careful medical history paired with SPT and serum food-specific IgE testing often can provide a reliable diagnosis. In this review, we examine the usefulness and pitfalls of SPT and serum food-specific IgE levels, as well as examine atopy patch testing and other emerging tests, such as component-resolved diagnostics and the basophil activation test. Finally, we describe the use of the double-blind, placebo-controlled oral food challenge as the current gold standard for food allergy diagnosis.
Jay A Lieberman; Scott H Sicherer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current allergy and asthma reports     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1534-6315     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101096440     Medline TA:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, ANBG 17-80, Box 1198, New York, NY 10029, USA.
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