Cow's milk allergy as a global challenge

Cansin Sackesen, Amal Assa'Ad, Carlos Baena-Cagnani, Motohiro Ebisawa, Alessandro Fiocchi, Ralf G. Heine, Andrea Von Berg, Omer Kalayci

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Purpose of review: Cow's milk is a leading cause of food allergy especially in infants and children. 'Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy' published by the World Allergy Organization has underlined that there is not enough information concerning geographical trends in cow's milk allergy (CMA) in children or adults. Experts from Australia, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe have gathered together in a 2-day meeting in order to present various regional approaches to CMA. This report is a summary of the information that was presented at this meeting. Recent findings: Even though there seems to be uniformity concerning the diagnosis and treatment of CMA, the diagnostic approach to CMA shows variations among different regions. Common concerns were inadequate applications of challenge tests for the diagnosis and inadequate supply of the cow's milk substitute formulas. Summary: CMA is a global challenge and collaboration of the national and international scientific communities is essential to produce and update practical guidelines for CMA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • children
  • cow's milk allergy
  • food allergy
  • food allergy guidelines
  • pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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