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Scientific article
Meta-analysis
English

Diagnostic testing in the evaluation of food allergy

Published inThe Pediatric clinics of North America, vol. 58, no. 2, p. 351-362,ix
Publication date2011
Abstract

Food-related symptoms are frequent in childhood, and pediatricians are often requested to initiate a food allergy diagnostic workup. A careful history is the cornerstone for assessing whether tests are needed and which diagnostic procedures are most appropriate. Skin prick tests should be performed only according to standard procedures by a skilled health professional. Determining serum IgE levels (in vitro tests) are available for a wide range of foods. Of utmost importance is the need to correlate test results to the clinical picture. When a conclusion cannot be reached, oral food challenges should be performed for a definite diagnosis.

Keywords
  • Allergens/diagnostic use
  • Child
  • Food Hypersensitivity/blood/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E/blood
  • Serologic Tests
  • Skin Tests/methods
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EIGENMANN, Philippe, OH, Jae-Won, BEYER, Kirsten. Diagnostic testing in the evaluation of food allergy. In: The Pediatric clinics of North America, 2011, vol. 58, n° 2, p. 351–362,ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.02.003
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