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Meat allergy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19369863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the scientific evidence on meat allergy, an unusual disorder, whose prevalence in some European countries (such as Italy) may be increasing. RECENT FINDINGS: Data reported in this review underline some interesting points: in meats rarely consumed, such as kangaroo, whale and seal, the main allergens are only partially correlated to those detected in beef or other usually consumed meats; cross-reactivity and cross-contamination are critical aspects, which should be seriously considered by allergologists. SUMMARY: Meat allergy is normally outgrown during the first years of life, so that it is rare in adults. Beef among mammals and chicken among birds are most frequently involved. The major allergens are serum albumins and immunoglobulins, but there are a few reports of allergies to muscle proteins (actin, myosin and tropomyosin). As meat allergenicity can be reduced by various treatments (heat, homogenization and freeze-drying), the consumption of meat derivatives by children allergic to meat proteins is often permitted. Cross-reactivity has been described between different meats, between meat and milk or eggs and between meat and animal dander. There are some reports of cross-contamination associated with the inadequate cleaning of industrial or butchers' equipment. All these aspects may have serious implications for clinical practice.
Patrizia Restani; Cinzia Ballabio; Salvatore Tripodi; Alessandro Fiocchi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1473-6322     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-20     Completed Date:  2009-08-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100936359     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  265-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pharmacological Sciences, State University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / adverse effects*
Food Contamination
Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis,  immunology*,  prevention & control*
Immunoglobulins / adverse effects
Meat / adverse effects*
Muscle Proteins / adverse effects
Seals, Earless
Serum Albumin / adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 0/Immunoglobulins; 0/Muscle Proteins; 0/Serum Albumin

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