Background: Skin prick test (SPT) and serum specific IgE (ssIgE) measurements are the most common methods used to diagnose allergy. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum specific-IgE in a large group of polysensitized patients with the same SPT result (such as ++++) comparing the two diagnostic methods. Methods: Four hundred ninety-four children (310 males; median age 10 years) suffering from allergic rhinitis were studied. Serum specific-IgE values were measured by ImmunoCap assay. Skin prick test was also performed. Results: There was a significant difference (p <0.0001) among serum specific-IgE values in these polysensitized patients. Conclusions: The ss-IgE measurements in polysensitized patients seem to be more appropriate than SPT.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)