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Mastocytosis and adverse reactions to biogenic amines and histamine-releasing foods: what is the evidence?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16093574     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that normal concentrations of biogenic amines and 'histamine-releasing foods' may exacerbate symptoms in mastocytosis. The purpose of this study was to look for scientific evidence in the literature on diets restricted in biogenic amines and histamine-releasing foods in the treatment of mastocytosis. METHODS: Medline (1966 to 2004), Cinahl (1982 to 2004) and the Cochraine Library were searched for double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) studies with biogenic amines and/or histamine-releasing foods in mastocytosis. RESULTS: No studies employing DBPCFC with dietary biogenic amines or histamine-releasing foods in mastocytosis were found. Only a few in vitro studies in other diseases, animal studies and studies in humans in which histamine-releasing agents were incubated directly with duodenal tissues were found. One case was reported of severe adverse reactions to alcohol in mastocytosis, objectified by an open challenge. CONCLUSION: Despite the widespread belief that biogenic amines and histamine-releasing foods may cause allergy-like, non-IgE-mediated symptoms in certain patients, the role of diets restricted in biogenic amines and histamine-releasing foods in the treatment of mastosytosis remains hypothetical but worthy of further investigation. There is some evidence for adverse reactions to alcohol in mastocytosis.
B J Vlieg-Boerstra; S van der Heide; J N G Oude Elberink; J C Kluin-Nelemans; A E J Dubois
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Netherlands journal of medicine     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0300-2977     ISO Abbreviation:  Neth J Med     Publication Date:    2005 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-11     Completed Date:  2005-09-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0356133     Medline TA:  Neth J Med     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  244-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Beatrix Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Biogenic Amines / adverse effects*,  analysis
Eggs / analysis
Food Contamination* / analysis
Histamine / adverse effects*,  analysis
Mastocytosis / chemically induced*
Methylhistamines / adverse effects*,  analysis
Shellfish / analysis
Wine / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biogenic Amines; 0/Methylhistamines; 51-45-6/Histamine

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