Food Allergy: Diagnosis of Food Allergy

  • Scott H. Sicherer
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 4)

The diagnosis of food allergy derives from the clinical history and the results of supporting tests. To obtain the most information from the clinical history, and for appropriate test selection and interpretation, the clinician must incorporate a knowledge of the epidemiology and pathophysiology underlying food allergic diseases. Food-specific IgE antibodies measured by prick skin testing and/or serum assay often provide important diagnostic information. Elimination diets and physician supervised oral food challenges may be needed to confirm a diagnosis when the history and test results are otherwise not diagnostic or when simple diagnostic tests are not available. Tests under investigation may provide improved diagnostic accuracy and additional insights, such as severity and natural course of food allergies.


Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy Allergy Clin Immunol Eosinophilic Esophagitis Food Challenge 
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  • Scott H. Sicherer
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  1. 1.The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Division of Allergy and ImmunologyDepartment of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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