The mother of all food allergies

  • Philip E. Putnam
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    Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Food Allergy Clinic, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA
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      Anaphylaxis from peanuts. Buzzing lips from apple. Vomiting and diarrhea producing shock from oat. Steatorrhea from wheat. Bloody stools from breast milk. These phenomena are examples from the range of manifestations of immune reactions to foods in common pediatric experience—immediate hypersensitivity and oral allergy syndrome, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease), and allergic colitis.

      Abbreviations:

      DBPCFC ( Double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges)
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