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The radio allergo sorbent test for diagnosis of house dust allergy and bronchial asthma

Kirsten, D.; Lenich, R.

Allergie und Immunologie 26(1): 21-16


ISSN/ISBN: 0323-4398
Accession: 006745608

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The radioallergosorbent test (RAST) was used for the in vitro diagnosis of asthma. A total of 70 investigations in 40 patients with house dust and mite allergy are reported. In 75% of the patients, RAST was positive, especially in mite allergy. Increased total Ig[immunoglobulin]E levels were correlated with positive case history and skin test results in only about 50% of the cases. After hyposensitization a better correlation was found. RAST is not an alternative, but a useful completion to the traditional methods (skin test, provocation test) used in the diagnosis of allergy, especially in mite allergy and analogous situations where provocation tests are not usually used.

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