Author : Eulis A Datau*, Juwita Soekarno, Eko E. Surachmanto
Food allergy is a condition with significant social and economic impact and a topic of intense concern for scientists and clinicians alike. Worldwide, over 220 million people suffer from some form of food allergy, but the number reported is just the tip of the iceberg. Recent years have brought new perspectives in diagnosing food allergy. Elucidating incriminated immunological mechanisms, along with drawing the clinical phenotype of food hypersensitivity reactions ensures an accurate diagnosis of food allergy. Moreover, molecular based allergy diagnosis, which is increasingly used in routine care, is a stepping-stone to improved management of food allergy patients.The aim of this review is to summarize the topic of IgE-mediated food allergy from the perspective of current diagnostic methods. Key words: Food Allergy, IgE-Mediated Hypersensitivity, Diagnostic Tests, Treatment.
Dr. Arend L Mapanawang, Sp.PD, FINASIM, PhD