Basophil allergen threshold sensitivity and component-resolved diagnostics improve hazelnut allergy diagnosis.


BACKGROUND IgE sensitization to hazelnut is common, especially in birch endemic areas. However, its clinical significance often needs to be confirmed by a food challenge. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical significance of IgE antibodies to hazelnut components and basophil allergen threshold sensitivity (CD-sens) to hazelnut, in relation to double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) in children with a suspected hazelnut allergy. METHODS Forty children underwent a DBPCFC. CD-sens to hazelnut as well as IgE antibodies to hazelnut and its components Cor a 1, Cor a 8, Cor a 9 and Cor a 14 were analysed. Serum tryptase was measured before, during and after DBPCFC. RESULTS Eight children had a positive DBPCFC, and all of them had a high CD-sens value to hazelnut. Of the 32 children that passed the DBPCFC, 31 were very low or negative in CD-sens. A positive DBPCFC corresponded with significantly higher CD-sens values (median 8.9, range 3.3-281) compared to children negative in challenge (median 0.05, range 0-34.7, P < 0.0001). Children positive in challenge also had higher levels of IgE-ab to Cor a 9 and Cor a 14 (P < 0.01 and P < 0.001, respectively) compared with those with a negative challenge. In relation to the results from DBPCFC, the sensitivity of CD-sens and IgE-ab to Cor a 14 was excellent (100%) and the specificity was very high (> 97% and > 94%, respectively). Five of the eight patients positive at challenge showed an increase in tryptase > 20% compared to tryptase baseline levels. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE CD-sens and component-resolved diagnostics to hazelnut, used separately or in combination, may improve the diagnostic accuracy and safety and reduce overdiagnosis of hazelnut allergy.

DOI: 10.1111/cea.12515
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@article{Brandstrm2015BasophilAT, title={Basophil allergen threshold sensitivity and component-resolved diagnostics improve hazelnut allergy diagnosis.}, author={Josef Brandstr{\"{o}m and Anna Nopp and S. G. O. Johansson and Gunnar Lilja and A B Sundqvist and M P Borres and Caroline Ulfsdotter Nilsson}, journal={Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology}, year={2015}, volume={45 9}, pages={1412-8} }