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Pinpoint Peanut Allergy

Published August - 30 - 2010 Print This Post

Peanut AllergyA new blood test manufactured by the Swedish company Phadia, ImmunoCAP Allergen Components, allows an allergist to pinpoint a specific peanut protein that a patient is allergic to and more accurately assess the risk of a serious allergic reaction. The blood test was developed by researchers in England and Sweden after they found many children considered peanut-allergic on the basis of standard tests do not have true peanut allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, January 2010; v.125, p.191: http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(09)01534-6/abstract

Reviewed by Bradley Chipps, MD, and Neil MacIntyre, MD

First published in Allergy & Asthma Today,  Fall 2010, Volume 8, Issue 3