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Food allergy: which tests are worth doing and which are not?
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PMID:  21525150     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Adverse reactions to foods may arise by a variety of mechanisms, both immune (IgE and non-IgE) and non-immune mediated. This article considers those assays useful in the diagnosis of Type 1 hypersensitivity to foods (IgE-based) and, importantly, discusses those assays where evidence is lacking for their use. In all cases of suspected food allergy, a full clinical history is indispensable in facilitating diagnosis. Total serum IgE is not a suitable screen for food allergy. Suspect allergens may be confirmed by either skin prick testing or serological assays for specific IgE. Several studies suggest concentrations of food-specific IgE at which there is a high probability of reaction on food challenge. These cut-off levels are now being used by physicians to direct clinical advice. However, it is important to note that not all studies agree on these limits and the chosen cut-off is dependent on the population studied and the assay used.
Robert J Lock; David J Unsworth
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of clinical biochemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-1001     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0324055     Medline TA:  Ann Clin Biochem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Immunology and Immunogenetics, Pathology Sciences, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB.
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