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Clinical Immunology Review Series: An approach to the use of the immunology laboratory in the diagnosis of clinical allergy

Williams, Paul Eirian, Sewell, W. A. C., Bunn, C., Pumphrey, R., Read, G. and Jolles, Stephen 2008. Clinical Immunology Review Series: An approach to the use of the immunology laboratory in the diagnosis of clinical allergy. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 153 (1) , pp. 10-18. 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2008.03695.x

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Abstract

In the last 10 years UK immunology laboratories have seen a dramatic increase in the number and range of allergy tests performed. The reasons for this have been an increase in the incidence of immunoglobulin E (IgE)- mediated allergic disease set against a background of greater public awareness and more referrals for assessment. Laboratory testing forms an integral part of a comprehensive allergy service and physicians treating patients with allergic disease need to have an up-to-date knowledge of the range of tests available, their performance parameters and interpretation as well as the accreditation status of the laboratory to which tests are being sent. The aim of this review is to describe the role of the immunology laboratory in the assessment of patients with IgE-mediated allergic disease and provide an up-to-date summary of the tests currently available, their sensitivity, specificity, interpretation and areas of future development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: allergy, diagnosis, IgE antibody
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0009-9104
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:46
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/26281

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