ImmunoDiagnostics Journal #1 2014

Improving the diagnostic work-up of pollen allergic patients

For successful specific immunotherapy (SIT) treatment of pollen allergies the patient should be treated with an appropriate extract containing the actual symptom-triggering proteins in sufficient quantities. Molecular allergology (MA) helps to pin-point the actual allergenic molecule(s) responsible for the symptoms which is crucial for optimal treatment of patients. In this review, MA and its benefits in the work-up of patients indicated for SIT are described and recent publications on the subject are reviewed.

CAPture presents recently published articles on different risk markers in allergic diseases; w-5-gliadin in wheat allergy, baseline serum tryptase in food allergy-induced anaphylaxis and inhalant allergen-specific IgE in asthma.

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