Basophil activation tests effectively distinguished peanut allergy from tolerance in children

  • July 28, 2014

Basophil activation tests were more accurate than other tests in distinguishing between peanut allergy and tolerance in children, reducing the need for oral food challenges, according to recent study results.

Researchers studied 43 peanut-allergic (mean age, 5.5 years; 74.4% males), 36 peanut-sensitized but tolerant (mean age, 4 years; 63.9% males) and 25 non-peanut-sensitized nonallergic children (mean age, 5 years; 72% males) using skin prick test (SPT) and specific IgE (sIgE) to peanut.

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